II. Kinked Demand
IV. Price Leadership
Analysis of Oligopoly
VIII. Game Theory
Middle Class Economic Questions
Editor's Notes: Part II Product and Factor Markets iintroduces these markets
I. Oligopoly Defines
II. Kinked demand
Bank Oligarchs Survived F2008 inancial Crisis
III. Collusive pricing
A. A formal agreement (cartel) or informal agreement among competitors to strict
supply and benefit from the resulting high price
B. See trustbusters have got better detecting cartels and bolder punishing them incentives
C. Inequality and the monopolies of unfettered techno markets
D. Teddy Roosevelt takes on the trusts
Unit III. Review A formal agreement to manipulate price to maximize profit
IV. Price Leadership
A. A major player leads the way and others follow GM was a price leader
until foreign competition made their market share too small to lead
B. See Price- Leadership Under Oligopoly
Unit IV. Review A major player leads the way and others follow
Free Books from When
Oligopolies Ruled the Economy
Gilded Age The Mark Twain’s book on a wealthy society
Jungle, The Upton Sinclair
Knowledge in Society, The Use of Friedrich Hayek leads traditionalist
Leviathan Thomas Hobbs begins social contract discussions Muckrakers and their works
Octopus, The A Story of California. Book 1 of a
1. P > MR = MC
2. Production is not at the lowest point indicated by the AT Curve.
3. Economic profits exist and quantity is restricted.
B. Progressive oligopolies have high economic profits in spite of price decreases
brought on by high-tech efficiencies. Unit V. Review Price higher than lowest point on ATC
VI Restrictive vs. progressive oligopolies
A. Restrictive oligopolies
1. A few companies share a market creating a near monopoly situation.
2. Example: Rust Belt industries in the United States before foreign competition.
B. Progressive oligopolies
1. Technology lowers cost and improves product quality.
2. Companies must maintain technological base to survive.
3. Low consumer prices, high product quality, and monopoly profits exist simultaneously.
4. As long as new product development causes growth in consumer demand, funds are
provided for R & D and capital investment requirements.
5. Examples include computer software and high-tech consumer electronics
6. Once dominant software giant determined to prove life begins again at 40 4/4/15
Unit VI. Review Technology allows for both high profits and low price
A. Oligopoly Watch
B.  Read POWER ELITES IN AMERICA: OLIGOPOLY AND POLITICAL PULL
(OR, BEWARE THE REGULATORY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX), By Sam Wells
for a conservative view for Monopoly development from Human Freedom and
the Laissez-Faire Republic
C. King On Knowledge, Power and Unchecked and Unbalances - Audio
D. Big banks are operating as an 'oligopoly Video
E. POWER ELITES & MONOPOLY POWER for a conservative view of monopoly power.
Interestingly, I couldn't find much pro antitrust material. Reason-our competitive world.
F. Listen to The Limits of Power Bill Moyers sits down with history and international relations
expert and former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich who identifies three major
problems facing our democracy: the crises of economy, government and militarism,
and calls for a redefinition of the American way of life.
G. Planned Obsolescence Disguised as Innovation, Oligopoly Disguised
as a Free Market, and the Enrichment of Oligarchs
H. Robber Barons Who Built America
I. See Progressive Era 15 min. video
is used by oligopolies
to model their behavior.
A. Econ Concepts in 60 Seconds Video on Oligopolies and Game Theory
and Dominate Strategy
1. Dominant Strategy
2. Nash Equilibrium
3. Golden Balls. the Weirdest Split or Steal Ever!
4. Taking a Closer Look at Golden Balls
1. The Prisoners Dilemma #1 Prisoner's Dilemma Game from Bryn Mawr College
2. Game Theory The Meeting Game
3. Goldon Bollocks is a You Tube game theory game.
4. A Money Game
5. Lions And Lambs: Can You Solve This Classic Game Theory Puzzle?
AdvancedGame Theory Materials from materials from Wikipedia
A market structure in which several or many sellers each
produce similar, but slightly differentiated products.
|Topics in game theory|
|Definitions||Normal form game · Extensive form game · Cooperative game · Information set · Preference|
|Equilibrium concepts||Nash equilibrium · Subgame perfection · Bayes-Nash · Trembling hand · Correlated equilibrium · Sequential equilibrium · Quasi-perfect equilibrium · Evolutionarily stable strategy|
|Strategies||Dominant strategies · Mixed strategy · Grim trigger · Tit for tat|
|Classes of games||Symmetric game · Perfect information · Dynamic game · Repeated game · Signaling game · Cheap talk · Zero-sum game · Mechanism design|
|Games||Prisoner's dilemma · Coordination game · Chicken · Battle of the sexes · Stag hunt · Matching pennies · Ultimatum game · Minority game · Rock, Paper, Scissors · Pirate game · Dictator game · Public goods game|
|Theorems||Minimax theorem · Purification theorems · Folk theorem · Revelation principle · Arrow's Theorem|
|Related topics||Mathematics · Economics · Behavioral economics · Evolutionary game theory · Population genetics · Behavioral ecology · Adaptive dynamics · List of game theorists|
Three Presidents and the Crisis of America Superpower,
by Zbigniew Brzezinski, 6 pages, or
Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush,
by Kevin Phillips 5 pages, or
Don't Know Much About History
Everything You Need To Know About American History But Never Learned
5 pages, by Kenneth C. Davis