Principles of Economics- Mankiw (5th) 413

Principles of Economics- Mankiw (5th) 413 - CHAPTER 19 E A...

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CHAPTER 19 EARNINGS AND DISCRIMINATION 425 ± Every customer in the market wants to enjoy the good supplied by the best producer. ± The good is produced with a technology that makes it possible for the best producer to supply every customer at low cost. If Robin Williams is the funniest actor around, then everyone will want to see his next movie; seeing twice as many movies by an actor half as funny is not a good substitute. Moreover, it is possible for everyone to enjoy the comedy of Robin Williams. Because it is easy to make multiple copies of a film, Robin Williams can provide his service to millions of people simultaneously. Similarly, because foot- ball games are broadcast on television, millions of fans can enjoy the extraordinary athletic skills of Brett Favre. We can now see why there are no superstar carpenters and plumbers. Other things equal, everyone prefers to employ the best carpenter, but a carpenter, unlike a movie actor, can provide his services to only a limited number of customers. Al-
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This note was uploaded on 07/30/2010 for the course ECON 120 taught by Professor Abijian during the Spring '10 term at Mesa CC.

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