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oligopoly

Price

If the firm seeks to lower its price to gain a competitive advantage, its rivals will follow suit. Any gains it makes will quickly be lost and the % change in demand will be smaller than the % reduction in price The principle of the kinked as the firm total revenue would again fall demand curve rests on the principle that: now faces a relatively inelastic demand curve. If a firm raises its price, its rivals a. will not follow suit Assume the firm is charging a price of 5 and producinglowers its price, its rivals b. If a firm an output of 100. will to raise price above 5, its rivals If it choseall do the same would not follow suit and the firm effectively faces an elastic demand curve The firm therefore, effectively faces for its product (consumers would buy a kinked demand curve forcing it to from the cheaper rivals). The % change in maintain a stable or rigid pricing structure. demand would be greater than the % Oligopolistic firms may overcome this by change in price and TR would fall. engaging in non-price competition.

Total Revenue B

Total Revenue A

Total Revenue B

D = elastic D = Inelastic

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