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ECO - Characteristics of various market structures




Question;The market structures influence how price and output decisions are made by the firms in their respective structure. In all market structures, one of the primary goals is to maximize profits or minimize losses.One of the major differences between these market structures is how price and output decisions are made, which in turn depends on the characteristics of each market structure. There are four market structures:1. Perfect competition2. Monopolistic competition3. Oligopoly4. MonopolyRequired:1. Using Template A, construct a table that describes the various characteristics of each market structure.2. Identify a firm for each of these market structures and explain why each firm belongs in the market structure identified.3. Using Microsoft Excel, construct a graph for each of the market structures and explain how price and output decisions are made in each structure and how they differ.4. How is marginal analysis used in the price and output decisions of firms in the various market structures?Template A:PerfectCompetition MonopolisticCompetition Oligopoly MonopolyNumber of Firms Pricing Decisions OutputDecisions Profit Demand Curve Ease of Entry Product DifferentiationAs you respond to the characteristics of various market structures, please be sure to provide market concentration data using the Hirshman-Herfindahl Index and use practical examples and financial information from the respective industries.


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