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EXCESS DEMAND: A disequilibrium condition in a competitive market in which the quantity demanded is greater than the quantity supplied, hence there's "extra" demand. Pointy-headed economists generally use the more technical term shortage rather than excess demand. The reason, of course, is that shortage has two syllables and excess demand has four. The time saved in pronouncing two syllables rather than four is a definite efficiency plus for the entire economy.

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SELF CORRECTION: The process through which a model, especially the market and the aggregate market, automatically adjust to equilibrium through changes in one of the variables. For the standard market, self-correction involves changes in the market price to eliminate shortages and surpluses. For the aggregate market, self-correction involves changes in wages, which shift the short-run aggregate supply curve and move the aggregate market from short-run equilibrium to long-run equilibrium.

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AVERAGE REVENUE, MONOPOLISTIC COMPETITION

The revenue received for selling a good per unit of output sold, found by dividing total revenue by the quantity of output. Average revenue often goes by a simpler and more widely used term... price. For a monopolistically competitive firm average revenue is greater than marginal revenue. Average revenue for a monopolistically competitive firm is often depicted by a negatively-sloped average revenue curve.

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