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FARM PROBLEM: The short-run situation in which weather variability creates large fluctuations in farm prices, combined with the long-run situation in which technological advances increase production capabilities even though the demand for agricultural production declines relative to the growth of the overall economy. Taken together these two situations lead to highly unstable farm incomes that tend to decline over time. The solution to this problem has been significant government intervention in the agricultural industry, especially through assorted subsidies and price floors.

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FORTUNE 500: A list of the 500 largest (in terms of sales) publicly held corporations in the good old U. S. of A., as compiled and published by Fortune magazine. While other business-oriented magazines publish similar lists, this one has come to symbolize the largest, most powerful bastions of the second estate. For a business to achieve ranking on the Fortune 500 is a mark of success. For consumers, the Fortune 500 is often a mark of powerlessness. If you're interested, Fortune also provides a list of the 500 largest foreign companies, and separate lists of the 50 largest banks; utilities; and retail, transportation and diversified financial companies.

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OLIGOPOLY, BEHAVIOR

Oligopolistic industries share several behavioral tendencies, including: (1) interdependence, (2) rigid prices, (3) nonprice competition, (4) mergers, and (5) collusion. In other words, each oligopolistic firm keeps a close eye on the decisions made by other firms in the industry (interdependence), are reluctant to change prices (rigid prices), but instead try to attract customers from the competition using incentives other than prices (nonprice competition), and when they get tired of competing with their competitors they are inclined to cooperate formally and legally (mergers) or informally and illegally (collusion).

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