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UTILITARIANISM: A philosophical view that the value or worth of an action depends on the amount of pleasure it generates or the amount of pain it prevents, or in economic terms, the amount of utility generated. Utilitarianism, although dating back to the early Greek philosophers, is largely attributable to the work of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill. This philosophy played a major role in the development of modern consumer demand theory and utility analysis.

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SUPPLY DETERMINANTS: The 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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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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