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MARGINAL REVENUE CURVE, MONOPOLY: A curve that graphically represents the relation between marginal revenue received by a monopoly for selling its output and the quantity of output sold. The marginal revenue curve reflects the market control held by a monopoly firm. For a monopoly firm with complete market control, the marginal revenue curve is negatively-sloped. Moreover, for a given quantity of output, marginal cost is less than price, and the marginal revenue curve lies below the demand curve.

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TANGENCY: A geometric condition that occurs when two curves touch at a single point with identical slopes at that point. This condition of tangency surfaces in several different areas of economic analysis, including indifference curve analysis (tangency between an indifference curve and budget line) and monopolistic competition (tangency between demand curve and long-run average cost curve). The tangency between two curves should be contrasted with the condition of intersection, in which two cross at a single point but do not have identical slopes.

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AGGREGATE DEMAND DECREASE, LONG-RUN AGGREGATE MARKET

A shock to the long-run aggregate market caused by a decrease in aggregate demand resulting in and illustrated by a leftward shift of the aggregate demand curve. A decrease in aggregate demand in the long-run aggregate market results in an increase in the price level but no change in real production. The level of real production resulting from the aggregate demand shock is full-employment real production.

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