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Perfect Competition and Market Imperfections

  • Victor J. Tremblay
  • Carol Horton Tremblay
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Part of the Springer Texts in Business and Economics book series (STBE)

Abstract

Competition is a fundamental concept in a market economy. We can think of competition as firm rivalry, where one firm battles to gain a strategic advantage over its competitors. For example, General Motors and Ford have been competing with one another for over a century to produce better cars at lower cost and to create more catchy marketing campaigns. We can also think of competition as a type of market structure. Both concepts are important in industrial organization. In later chapters, we analyze various forms of competitive behavior. In this chapter, we review the market structure of perfect competition.

Keywords

Equilibrium Price Market Failure Consumer Surplus Demand Curve Input Price 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor J. Tremblay
    • 1
  • Carol Horton Tremblay
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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