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SHORT-RUN SUPPLY CURVE, MONOPOLISTIC COMPETITION: Market control by a monopolistically competitive firm means that it does not have a supply relation between the quantity of output produced and the price. By way of comparison a perfectly competitive firm DOES have a short-run supply curve. The small amount of market control by a monopolistically competitive firm means that its' price is NOT equal to marginal revenue, and thus it does NOT equate marginal cost and price. As such, a monopolistically competitive firm does not move along it's marginal cost curve. A monopolistic competition does not necessarily supply larger quantities at higher prices or smaller quantities at lower prices.

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STABILITY: Limiting macroeconomic fluctuations in prices, employment, and production. This is one of the five economic goals, specifically one of the three macro goals (the other two are economic growth and full employment). One primary focus of this stability goal is to keep inflation in check. High or unpredictable inflation rates can cause uncertainty and haphazardly redistribute income and wealth.

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BUYERS' MARKET

A disequilibrium condition in a competitive market that has a surplus or excess supply. Because the quantity supplied is greater than the quantity demanded, buyers have the "upper hand" when negotiating. A market surplus also goes by the more common term of buyers' market. The alternative to a buyers' market is a sellers' market, which has a shortage or excess demand.

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