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TOTAL FACTOR COST, PERFECT COMPETITION: The opportunity cost incurred by a perfectly competitive firm when using a given factor of production to produce a good or service. This is the total cost associated with the use of a particular resource or factor of production--it is the total cost of the factor. For a perfectly competitive firm, the price paid is constant and total factor cost increases at a constant rate. Total factor cost is predominately used in the analysis of the factor market. Two derivative factor cost measures are average factor cost and marginal factor cost.

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    A condition in which owners of a business are personally held responsible for any debts created by the business. Proprietorships and partnerships are the two types of business organizations in which owners have unlimited liability. Unlimited liability tends to restrict the size of a business and prevents large scale production. The alternative to unlimited liability is limited liability, a characteristic of corporations.

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