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PAR VALUE: The stated, or face, value of a legal claim or financial asset. For debt securities, such as corporate bonds or U. S. Treasury securities, this is amount to be repaid at the time of maturity. For equity securities, that is, corporate stocks, this is the initial value set up at the time it is issued. Par value, also called face value, is not necessarily, and often is not, equal to the current market price of the asset. A $10,000 U.S. Treasury note, for example, has a par value of $10,000, but might have a current market price of $9,950. The difference between par value and current price contributes to the yield or return on such assets. An asset is selling at a discount if the current price is less than the par value and is selling at a premium if the current price is more than the par value.

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Lesson 20: Oligopoly | Unit 5: Evaluation Page: 24 of 24

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In this unit, you should have learned about:
  • The bad of oligopoly, which is inefficiency and concentration of wealth that can created other problems.
  • The good of oligopoly, which is innovation that increases living standards and large scale production that provides more output out lower prices.
  • That government intervention to correct the bads of oligopoly at the expense of the goods is almost always controversial and seldom a clear-cut decision.


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SCIENTIFIC METHOD

A structured way of investigating and explaining the operation of the world by testing and verifying hypothesized relations. The scientific method is a process of discovery, a method of explaining the way the world operates. Positive economics is the application of the scientific method to economic analysis.

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