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MARKET STRUCTURE: The manner in which a market is organized, based largely on the number of firms in the industry. The four basic market structure models are: perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly. The primary difference between each is the number of firms on the supply side of a market. Both perfect competition and monopolistic competition have a large number of relatively small firms selling output. Oligopoly has a small number of relatively large firms. And monopoly has a single firm.

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Lesson 9: Macro Basics | Unit 3: Business Cycles Page: 10 of 16

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  • Business cycles, which are recurring expansions and contractions of the aggregate economy.
  • Expansions as general increases in economic activity and contractions as general decreases in economic activity.
  • An expansion is associated with low or falling unemployment and high or rising inflation, and a contraction is associated with high or rising unemployment and low or falling inflation.
  • Some business cycle causes: consumption, investment, government purchases and taxes, net exports, money, and resource supply considerations.


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AUCTION

A formal market exchange in which prospective buyers make bids to purchase a commodity. An auction is an effective way of exchanging commodities by bringing together buyers and sellers. Auctions are commonly used to exchange financial instruments, agricultural commodities, personal assets, and works of art. Three notable types of auctions are English, Dutch, and sealed-bid.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time at a flea market looking to buy either a package of 4 by 6 index cards, the ones with lines or a 50 foot extension cord. Be on the lookout for the last item on a shelf.
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In 1914, Ford paid workers who were age 22 or older $5 per day -- double the average wage offered by other car factories.
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