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OVER-THE-COUNTER MARKET: A market that trades corporate stocks and other securities using a computerized network of dealers rather than an organized exchange. Over-the-counter market is most often used in reference to the National Association of Securities Dealers. Stocks traded over the counter tend to be smaller, less well-known, technology based firms. Start-up firms often begin offering their stock over the counter, then once established they move to organized exchanges, especially the New York Stock Exchange or the American Stock Exchange.

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NEAR-PUBLIC GOOD: A good that's easy to keep nonpayers from consuming, but use of the good by one person doesn't prevent use by others. The trick with a near-public good is that it's easy to keep people away, and thus you can charge them a price for consuming, but there's no real good reason to do so. From an efficiency view, the more people who consume a near-public good, the better off society. This mixture of nearly unlimited benefits and the ability to charge a price means that some near-public goods are sold through markets and others are provided by government. For efficiency's sake, none should be sold through markets.

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TOTAL FIXED COST CURVE

A curve that graphically represents the relation between total fixed cost incurred by a firm in the short-run product of a good or service and the quantity produced. This curve is constructed to capture the relation between total fixed cost and the level of output, holding other variables, like technology and resource prices, constant. Because total fixed cost are, in fact, fixed, the total fixed cost curve is, in fact, a horizontal line. The total fixed cost curve is one of three total cost curves, the other two are total cost curve and total variable cost curve.

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