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ALLOCATION EFFECT: The goal of imposing taxes to change the allocation of resources, that is, to discourage the production, consumption, or exchange or one type of good usually in favor of another. This is one of two reasons that governments impose taxes. The other reason is the revenue effect. Because people would rather not pay taxes, taxes create disincentives to produce, consume, and exchange. If society deems that less of a particular good, such as alcohol, pollution, or cigarettes are "bad," then a tax can reduce its production and consumption, and thus change the allocation of resources.

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PRODUCT DIFFERENTIATION: Real of perceive differences among similar goods that prompt buyers to pay different prices. Product differentiation is a method used by some firms to achieve market control. The three methods of product differentiation are physical differences, perceived differences, and support services. The greater the differentiation is among products, then the more ability firms have to exert control over prices. Product differentiation is perhaps most important for market control by firms in monopolistic competition, but it also plays a role in oligopoly.

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VERY LONG RUN, MICROECONOMICS

A production time period in which all inputs are variable, including those under control of the firm and those beyond the control of the firm. During the very long run, not only are the labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship inputs variable, but so too are key production inputs such as government rules, technology, and social customs. This is one of four production time periods used in the study of microeconomics. The other three are short run, long run, and very short run.

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