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What are the effects of innovation and technology on the cost of production?Discuss.

Answer each question minimum 100 words each.

Week 5

1)    What factors influence a firm’s competitive strategies? How does global economic competition affect the price elasticity of demand in the domestic market and decisions related to the strategy a firm uses to compete? Why do most economists oppose trade restrictions? Who have been the winners and losers as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement? Explain your answer.

2)    What are the effects of innovation and technology on the cost of production? How does technology affect market structure and real-world competition? Which market structure is best suited for technological innovation? Explain your answer. How have technological innovations affected your organization?

3)    Identify an example in which the competitive environment affected the relationship between labor and management. How was the relationship affected? What was the effect on the wages earned by the labor force, and the size of the labor force? What factors at work led to this outcome?

Week 4

1)    What effect do government intervention, taxation, and regulations have on economic behavior? Explain.  What are real-world examples of government intervention, taxation, and regulations? What are the goals of each?

2)    What is an externality? Provide at least three

examples. How does one of the examples you provided affect the market outcome?

What is the role of government in addressing the implications of an externality

you provided as an example? Is it possible that a government’s solution to a

market failure would worsen the failure? Explain your answer.

3)      What are the differences among horizontal, vertical, and conglomerate mergers? Provide real-world examples of each type of

merger. What policy do you think the US should follow toward mergers? Why?

Week 3

1)      What conditions exist when economic profits are maximized? What is the difference between economic and accounting profits? What are economic profit-maximizing strategies that may be made by a perfectly competitive firm, a monopolist firm, and a monopolistic competitive firm? Provide examples and explain the strategies’ effectiveness in their respective market structures.

2)     What are some real-life examples of monopolistically competitive, oligopoly, and monopoly markets? How do market prices differ between perfectly and imperfectly competitive markets? Will a monopoly always produce at a profit-maximizing output level? Explain your answer.

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