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• A monopolistic competitive firm is motivated by profit maximization.

• Profit maximization is the presumption that firms make decisions and undertake production to achieve the highest possible level of economic profit, which is the difference between total revenue and total opportunity cost (including a normal profit).
• With these numbers in place, the firm's profit-maximizing task is relatively straightforward -- to pick the production quantity associated with the highest amount of profit.

• Three ways:

• The Total Approach

• Profit

• The Marginal Approach

• In all likelihood the firm will go ahead and produce the sixth unit. However, it will not produce the eighth unit.

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MARGINAL REVENUE PRODUCT CURVE

A curve that graphically illustrates the relation between marginal revenue product and the quantity of the variable input, holding all other inputs fixed. This curve indicates the incremental change in total revenue for incremental changes in the variable input. The marginal revenue product curve plays a key role in marginal productivity theory and the economic analysis of factor markets.

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