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TOTAL REVENUE, MONOPOLISTIC COMPETITION: The revenue received by a monopolistically competitive firm for the sale of its output. Total revenue is one of two parts a monopoly needs to calculate economic profit, the other is total cost. In general, total revenue is the price received for selling a good times the quantity of the good sold at that price. Because a monopolistically competitive firm has some degree of market control and faces a negatively-sloped demand curve, it charges a different price for a different quantities. If a monopoly sells a relatively small quantity, it charges a relatively high price. If it sells a relatively smaller quantity, it charges a relatively lower price. However, once the monopolistically competitive firms determines its' price/quantity combination, total revenue calculation is relatively straightforward, multiple the price times the quantity.

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