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NUMBER OF SELLERS: One of the five supply determinants assumed constant when a supply curve is constructed, and that shift the supply curve when they change. The other four are resource prices, technology, other prices, and sellers' expectations. This determinant is based on the simple observation that if more people are willing and able to sell a good, then supply is greater.

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Lesson Contents
Unit 1: Intro
  • Definition
  • Making A Monopoly
  • Real World Monopoly
  • Perfect Competition
  • Imperfect Competition
  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: Revenue
  • Market Control
  • Monopoly Demand
  • Monopoly Revenue
  • The Numbers
  • Marginal Revenue
  • The Curves
  • Elasticity And The Curves
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: Output
  • Motivation
  • Total Numbers
  • Marginal Numbers
  • Total Curves
  • Profit Curve
  • Marginal Curves
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: Evaluation
  • Economic Profit
  • Loss Minimization
  • Efficiency
  • Short-Run Supply?
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: Regulation
  • Inefficiency
  • Antitrust Laws
  • Regulatory Pricing
  • Unit 5 Summary
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    Monopoly

    While this lesson on monopoly is not necessarily a "how to" guide for the monopolization of a market, it does provide insight into the nature and function of the monopoly market structure. We get a little insight into how a monopoly is created, and a lot of insight into what a monopoly does once it does have control of the market. Throughout this lesson, I'll me making snide comments about how inefficient monopoly is compared to more competitive markets.

    • The first unit of this lesson, One Firm, begins this lesson with a look at the nature of monopoly and how it is related to other market structures.
    • In the second unit, Revenue, we examine the revenue side of a market dominated by monopoly -- including total revenue, average revenue, and marginal revenue.
    • The third unit, Output, then looks at the profit-maximizing output production decision by a monopoly using assorted graphs and tables.
    • In the fourth unit, Evaluation, we analyze the profit-maximizing decision of monopoly in terms of profit, loss, efficiency, and short-run supply.
    • The fifth and final unit, Regulation, then closes this lesson by considering the role government plays in regulating monopoly.

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