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EXCESS CAPACITY: A condition that exists when monopolistic competition achieves long-run equilibrium such that production by each firm is less than minimum efficient scale. The implication of this condition is that each firm is not producing up to its fullest capacity, as would be the case under perfect competition, and thus more firms are need to produce total market output compared to perfect competition. Excess capacity results because market control means a monopolistically competitive firm faces a negatively-sloped demand curve. Long-run equilibrium is thus achieved by the tangency of the negatively-sloped demand curve and the long-run average cost curve, which results in economies to scale.

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MULTILATERAL: An action, often used in terms of an international trade agreement, that's extended to more than two parties. As such, a multilateral trade agreement is between several countries. For example, the United States might enter into a multilateral agreement with every country in North and South America that reduces trade barriers on the exports and imports of food products. The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade is one of the more well known examples of a multilateral trade agreement.

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PATERNALISM

A fundamental philosophical viewpoint that the private sector (households and businesses) needs to be closely supervised by the public sector (government). In other words, members of society need to be watched over, cared for, and kept out of trouble, like parents watch over, care for, and keep their children out of trouble.

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