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The Theory of Perfect Competition Basics: A market structure is a firm’s particular environment. Perfect Competition Theory is a theory of market structure based on 4 assumptions.
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Perfect Competition Assumptions There are many sellers and many buyers, none of which is large in relation to total sales or purchases. Each firm produces and sells a homogeneous product. Buyers and sellers have all relevant information about prices, product quality, sources of supply, and so forth. Firms have easy entry and exit.
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Perfectly Competitive Firms are Price Takers A price taker is a seller that does not have the ability to control the price of the product it sells; it takes the price determined in the market. A firms is restrained from being anything but a price taker if it finds itself one among many firms where its supply is small relative to the total market supply, and it sells a homogeneous product in an environment where buyers and sellers have all relevant information.
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The Demand Curve for a Perfectly Competitive Firm is Horizontal! When the equilibrium price has been established, a single perfectly competitive faces a horizontal demand curve at the equilibrium price.
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The Marginal Revenue Curve of a Perfectly Competitive Curve is the Same as its Demand Curve The firm’s marginal revenue is the change in total revenue that results from selling one additional unit of output. Notice that marginal revenue at any output level is always equal to the equilibrium price. For a perfectly competitive firm, price is equal to marginal revenue. The marginal revenue curve for the perfectly competitive firm is the same as its demand curve.
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The Demand Curve and the Marginal Revenue Curve for a Perfectly Competitive Firm
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Theory and Real World Markets A market that does not meet the assumptions of perfect competition may nonetheless approximate those assumptions to such a degree that it behaves as if it were a perfectly competitive market. If so, the theory of perfect competition can be used to predict the market’s behavior.
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Q & A A price taker does not have the ability to control the price of the product it sells. What does this mean? Why is a perfectly competitive firm a price taker? The horizontal demand curve for the perfectly competitive firm signifies that it can not sell any of its product for a price higher than the market equilibrium price. Why can’t it?
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