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Understanding Monopolies in a Market Economy


Understanding Monopolies in a Market Economy
Understanding Monopolies in a Market Economy

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Understanding Monopolies in a Market Economy Course
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Course Description

A monopoly exists when one particular business is the only supplier of a commodity or service within any particular sector of the economy. This is a very important concept to understand as to monopolize a market means that a business has significant market power and can charge higher prices. In this free online economics course you will learn about the characteristics of a monopoly, when monopolies might occur, and the economic and financial implications of a business having a monopoly in a particular commodity or service sector. You will learn how monopolies optimize prices. Concepts such as total revenue, marginal revenue, and dead weight loss are clearly explained. Monopolies are also contrasted with oligopolies where a market or industry is dominated by a small number of businesses and where the decisions of one business influence the decisions made by the other businesses. This free online economics course will be of great interest to all professionals in areas such as economics, finance, business and politics who would like to learn more about the economic and financial implications of monopolies existing within any business sector, and to all learners who would like learn more about how monopolies operate within a market.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes: - Understand what a monopoly is; - Understand how a monopoly can influence a market; - Be able to explian concepts such as total revenue, marginal revenue and dead weight loss; - Compare and contrast monopolies and oligopolies;


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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 10 reviews
Course Title: Understanding Monopolies in a Market Economy
Course #: 560
Course Publisher: Khan Academy
Course Category: 2
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Course Description: A monopoly exists when one particular business is the only supplier of a commodity or service within any particular sector of the economy. This is a very important concept to understand as to monopolize a market means that a business has significant market power and can charge higher prices. In this free online economics course you will learn about the characteristics of a monopoly, when monopolies might occur, and the economic and financial implications of a business having a monopoly in a particular commodity or service sector. You will learn how monopolies optimize prices. Concepts such as total revenue, marginal revenue, and dead weight loss are clearly explained. Monopolies are also contrasted with oligopolies where a market or industry is dominated by a small number of businesses and where the decisions of one business influence the decisions made by the other businesses. This free online economics course will be of great interest to all professionals in areas such as economics, finance, business and politics who would like to learn more about the economic and financial implications of monopolies existing within any business sector, and to all learners who would like learn more about how monopolies operate within a market.
License: This course is available from Khan Academy OpenCourseWare through the following Creative Commons licence:
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Release Date: 15 November 2012
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Course Duration (Avg Learner): 1-2 Hours
Video/Audio: High
Audio Only: High
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
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Age appropriateness: 16+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level: Post-Secondary
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
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  • Habeeb Ajijola
    Habeeb Ajijola Nigeria it provides a comprehensive and easy to learn overview of how monopolies perform in an economy 2014-12-23 13:12:56
  • Katarzyna Błaszczyk
    Katarzyna Błaszczyk Poland Because of presenting information in a very understandable way, the course was a great adventure with economics! It was a pleasure to attend it. Thank you! 2014-11-08 19:11:11
  • victor Iroegbu
    victor Iroegbu Nigeria It was trully fulfilling and i was able to absorb so much and learnt about new possibilities of monopolies 2014-07-17 11:07:54
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