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INDIRECT: The mathematical notion that two variables change in the opposite directions, that is, an increase in X goes with a decrease in Y, or a decrease in X goes with an increase in Y. The alternative to an indirect relation is a direct relation, in which an increase in one variable goes with an increase in the other. Indirect relations are graphically illustrated by negatively-sloped curves, a common example being the demand curve.

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SPATIAL: A modifying term used to indicate a connection or relation to space, and by inference the study of urban and regional economics, as suggested by the term spatial differentiation (which means differences in the concentration of economic activity across space). This term is commonly used to make people some exceedingly intelligent by asking questions like "Did you consider spatial factors in your analysis?" However, in so doing be careful that the word is pronounced "spatial", not "special." This just confuses the situation.

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MARGINAL REVENUE, PERFECT COMPETITION

The change in total revenue resulting from a change in the quantity of output sold. Marginal revenue indicates how much extra revenue a perfectly competitive firm receives for selling an extra unit of output. It is found by dividing the change in total revenue by the change in the quantity of output. Marginal revenue is the slope of the total revenue curve and is one of two revenue concepts derived from total revenue. The other is average revenue. To maximize profit, a perfectly competitive firm equates marginal revenue and marginal cost.

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