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HHI: The common abbreviation for the Herfindahl-Hirshman index (or the Herfindahl index), which is a measure of concentration of the production in an industry that's calculated as the sum of the squares of market shares for each firm. This is an alternative method of summarizing the degree to which an industry is oligopolistic and the relative concentration of market power held by the largest firms in the industry. The Herfindahl index gives a better indication of the relative market control of the largest firms than can be found with the four-firm and eight-firm concentration ratios.

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PRODUCTION FUNCTION: A mathematical relation between the production of a good or service and the inputs used. A production function is usually expressed in this general form: Q = f(L, K), where Q = quantity of production output, L = quantity of labor input, and K = quantity of capital input.

     See also | total product | input | output | short-run production | production | labor | capital | fixed input | variable input | marginal product curve | average product curve | total product and marginal product | total product and average product | law of diminishing marginal returns |


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CAPITAL STOCK, AGGREGATE SUPPLY DETERMINANT

One of several specific aggregate supply determinants assumed constant when the aggregate supply curves (both long run and short run) are constructed, and which shifts the aggregate supply curves when it changes. An increase in the capital stock causes an increase (rightward shift) of both aggregate supply curves. A decrease in the capital stock causes a decrease (leftward shift) of both aggregate supply curves. Other notable aggregate supply determinants include the technology, energy prices, and the wages. Capital stock comes under the resource quantity aggregate supply determinant.

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