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UNSTABLE EQUILIBRIUM: An equilibrium that is NOT restored if disrupted by an external force. This should be contrasted with stable equilibrium. While most equilibria studied in economics are of the stable variety, a few cases of unstable equilibria do emerge from time to time, in limited circumstances.

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SUPPLY DETERMINANT: One of five basic ceteris paribus factors that affect supply, but which are assumed constant when a supply curve is constructed. The five supply determinants are resource prices, technology, other prices, sellers' expectations, number of sellers.

     See also | supply | supply curve | supply price | equilibrium quantity | equilibrium price | equilibrium | resource prices | other prices | substitute-in-production | complement-in-production | sellers' expectations | number of sellers | supply increase | supply decrease | demand determinants |


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PERFECT COMPETITION, REALISM

Perfect competition is an idealized market structure that does NOT exist in the real world. While some real world industries might come relatively close to one or two of the four key characteristics of perfect competition, none matches all four sufficiently that they can be declared PERFECTLY competitively. Some industries come close on the large number of small firms and the identical product characteristics. A few industries have relatively good, although not perfect, information about prices and technology. However, almost all industries fall far short of the perfect mobility characteristics.

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