# Principles of economics openstax chapter8

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8 Perfect
Competition
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family farming

Depending upon the competition and prices offered, a wheat farmer may choose to grow
a different crop.

Characteristics of Perfect Competition

A large number of firms in the market such that no one can influence the
price
The firm sells a good identical to those sold by other firms
Firms have reliable sales and cost forecasts
There is no legal or economic barrier to enter into or exit from the market

Firm’s Objective

Profit maximization – To make the largest amount of profit possible

Total Revenue = Price*Quantity

Total Cost = Average Cost*Quantity

Total Profit = TR - TC

Firm’s Objective
Total revenue for a perfectly competitive firm is a straight line sloping up. The slope
is equal to the price of the good.

Total cost also slopes up, but with some curvature. At higher levels of output, total
cost begins to slope upward more steeply because of diminishing marginal returns.

The maximum profit will occur at the quantity where the gap of total revenue over
total cost is largest.

Profit maximization

Marginal Revenue-Marginal Cost Rule
MR is a horizontal straight line because it is equal to the price of the good, which is
determined by the market.

MC is U-shaped: division of labor causing MC to fall, but diminishing return forcing
MC to rise

Profit maximization requires MR = MC.

Since P = MR, then P = MC.

Figure 8.3

Market Equilibrium

The equilibrium price of raspberries is determined through the interaction of market supply and
market demand at \$4.00.

Firm’s profitability

In panel (a), P = MC, but P > AC. Thus TR > TC and firm makes profit.

In panel (b), P = MC, and P = AC. Thus TR = TC and firm breaks even.

In panel (c), P = MC, but P < AC. Thus TR < TC and firm operates with a loss.

Firm’s profitability

Firm’s operation decision

In panel (a), P = MC, but AVC < P < AC. Firm operates with a loss < TFC. It
continues to operate, expecting price to rise.

In panel (b), P = MC, but P < AVC. Firm operates with a loss > TFC. It must shutdown.

Firm’s operation decision

Firm’s operation decision

Break-even point:
P = MC and P = AC. Firm operates with zero profit since TR = TC.

Shut-down point:
P = MC, but P = AVC. Firm operates with a loss = TFC. It stays open if expects price
to rise.

Firm’s operation decision

Changing market conditions

In panel (a), Increase in demand = Increase in supply: quantity increases, but price
stays the same

In panel (b), Increase in demand > Increase in supply: quantity increases and price
rises

In panel (c), Increase in demand < Increase in supply: quantity increases, but price
falls

Changing market conditions

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