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OLIGOPOLY CHARACTERISTICS: The three most important characteristics of oligopoly are: (1) an industry dominated by a small number of large firms, (2) firms sell either identical or differentiated products, and (3) the industry has significant barriers to entry.

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SOCIALISM: In theory, an economy that is a transition between capitalism and communism. It is based on--(1) government, rather than individual, ownership of resources, (2) worker control of the government, such that workers, rather than capitalist, control capital and other productive resources, (3) income allocated on need rather than on resource ownership or contribution to production (using the needs standard rather than the contributive standard).

     See also | economic system | capitalism | communism | capital | production | consumption | market failure | wealth | income distribution | mixed economy | market socialism | public sector | private sector | government functions | distribution standards | contributive standard | needs standard | command economy | central planning |


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FOURTH ESTATE

Another term for journalists, reporters, and other members of the media. This is one of four divisions of society based on economic function. The other three are government as the first estate, businesses as the second estate, and consumers as the third estate.

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Ragnar Frisch and Jan Tinbergen were the 1st Nobel Prize winners in Economics in 1969.
"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."

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