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DIRECT: The mathematical notion that two variables change in the same direction, that is, an increase in X goes with an increase in Y, or a decrease in X goes with a decrease in Y. The alternative to a direct relation is an inverse relation, in which an increase in one variable goes with a decrease in the other. Direct relations are graphically illustrated by positively-sloped curves, a common example being the supply curve.

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VOLUNTARY EXCHANGE: The process of willingly trading one item for another. The emphasis here is on "willingly." Voluntary exchanges are the heart and soul of market transactions, and should be contrasted with the "involuntary" exchanges mandated by government taxes, laws, and regulations. While involuntary government-forced exchanges play an important role in a mixed economy, economists really, really like voluntary market exchanges because they promote economic efficiency.

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BILATERAL MONOPOLY, FACTOR MARKET ANALYSIS

The analysis of a factor market characterized by monopsony dominating the buying side and monopoly dominating the selling side indicates that the factor price and quantity exchanged depends on the negotiating power of each side. Ironically, the factor price is likely to be closer to the efficient price achieved with perfect competition than that achieved individually by either monopsony or monopoly.

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