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FACTOR MARKET, EFFICIENCY: A factor market achieves efficiency in the allocation of resources by equating marginal revenue product to factor price. Perfect competition, as the efficiency benchmark, is the only market structure to satisfy this criterion and achieve factor market efficiency. Monopsony, oligopsony, and monopsonistic competition are inefficient because they equate marginal revenue product to marginal factor cost, both of which are greater than factor price.

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SUBSTITUTE-IN-CONSUMPTION: One of two goods that can replace each other in consumption--that is, each provides the same basic satisfaction of wants and needs. A substitute good is one of two alternatives falling within the other prices determinant of demand. The other is complement good. An increase in the price of one substitute good causes an increase in demand for the other. A substitute good has a positive cross price elasticity.

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MARGINAL UTILITY-PRICE RATIO

The ratio of the marginal utility obtained from consuming a good to the price of the good. This ratio is particularly important in determining consumer equilibrium, which is reached when the marginal utility-price ratios are the same for all goods. Equality between all marginal utility-price ratios is the rule of consumer equilibrium which is satisfied with utility maximization.

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