Chapter 24 Monopoly Please
II. Most Monopolies Make a Profit.
III. Some Monopoly Do Not Make a Profit.
IV. Some Monopolies are Regulated.
V Dead Weight Loss
VI. Economic Analysis of Monopoly
A. Part II Product and Factor Markets gives an overview of micro Markets
B. Political Economy Controversies has an interesting economics section.
C. A monopoly exists when one firm has continued control over a unique market.
1. By controlling supply and therefore price, a monopoly may earn high economic profit.
2. Continued existence presupposes barriers which restrict market entry of competition.
D. Barriers to entry
1. Economies of scale require
a. Large initial capital investment
b. Large R & D expenditures
2. Ownership of raw material, strategically located land, etc.
3. Patents and copyrights
4. Unfair competition
5. Natural barriers to entry lead to natural monopolies.
a. Economies of scale can be so large that more than one producer is illogical.
b. Natural monopolies reduce duplication, waste, and confusion.
c. Natural monopolies are often privately owned and publicly regulated.
d. Example: public utilities
e. 1980's and 1990's deregulation decreased the importance of natural monopolies.
Most Monopolies Make a Profit.
A. ATC includes normal return on investment.
B. MC cuts ATC at lowest point.
C. Profit is maximized by producing a quantity and charging a price
indicated by the intersection of MC and MR.
D. The resulting profit is not a payment for enterprise, it is economic
rent which should not exist in pure capitalism.
1. Economic Rent
2. Rent Seeking
3. Economic Rent Video 7:47
E. High inelastic demand will result in a higher price, greater profit,
and more restricted (smaller) quantity.
F. Econ in 60 Seconds Video on Monopoly Graph Review
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III. Some Monopolies Make No Profit.
A. Rising costs and shrinking demand may result
in a monopoly not making a profit.
B. When this happens, demand (average revenue)
is always below the ATC and a loss results.
Monopolies are Regulated.
A. If demand is inelastic, profit may be excessive.
B. Price Discriminating Monopoly Micro in 60 seconds
C. Government regulates with antitrust laws, government ownership,
and limiting profit by restricting price to ATC.
D. M is the where monopoly maximizes profits.
E. Regulated price R yields a normal return.
F. E is the economically optimum price.
Dead Weight Loss
A. Econ in 60 Seconds Video Monopoly and Dead Weight Loss
B Dead Weight Loss- Key Graphs of Microeconomics in 60 Seconds
C. From Wikipedia
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