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PERFECT COMPETITION: An ideal market structure characterized by a large number of small firms, identical products sold by all firms, freedom of entry into and exit out of the industry, and perfect knowledge of prices and technology. This is one of four basic market structures. The other three are monopoly, oligopoly, and monopolistic competition. Perfect competition is an idealized market structure that's not observed in the real world. While unrealistic, it does provide an excellent benchmark that can be used to analyze real world market structures. In particular, perfect competition efficiently allocates resources.

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by Orley M. Amos, Jr.
Professor of Economics
Oklahoma State University
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Chapter One: The Professor
Chapter Two: A Kind, Loving Instructor
Chapter Three: Some Yummy Purple Fruit
Chapter Four: Tyler's Second Test
Chapter Five: Cali O'Toole
Chapter Six: The Hideous Monster
Chapter Seven: Crunch Water
Chapter Eight: The Quest
Chapter Nine: The Valley Of Red
Chapter Ten: The Purple Village
Chapter Eleven: Leonardo Da Vinci
Chapter Twelve: The Estoffe Flow
Chapter Thirteen: The Evil Professor
Chapter Fourteen: Adam
Chapter Fifteen: The Caves
Chapter Sixteen: Mark Twain
Chapter Seventeen: Leonardo's Place
Chapter Eighteen: Return From Leornia
Chapter Nineteen: The Source Of Water
Chapter Twenty: The Real World

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Conserving Our NATURAL RESOURCES

Mona Mallard Duct Tape Industries, the world's a leading producer of duct tape (that all-purpose, omni-present, shiny gray tape), is located right here in Shady Valley. Perhaps you've heard that they recently developed a new-fangled form of duct tape that's certain to revolutionize duct tape as we know it. This revolutionary development has, however, created a "situation" that we, pedestrian explorers of the economy, should consider. Mona Mallard's new duct tape uses "quagliminium," a relatively limited mineral found only in the quaint and courteous Republic of Northwest Queoldiola. Prior to this duct tape development, quagliminium had only one use, as lubricant for OmniStraight shoestring straighteners. The Northwest Queoldiolan supplies were sufficient to lubricate shoestring straighteners well into the year 3000. As a duct tape input, though, quagliminium deposits will be exhausted in a scant 50 years. Should we, could we, allow Mona Mallard to exhaust the supply of quagliminium? If they do, how will future generations lubricate their shoestring straighteners? Should we call for a moratorium on quagliminium use?
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