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Interest in economics is at an all-time high. Among the challenges facing the nation is an economy with rapidly rising unemployment, failures of major businesses and industries, and continued dependence on oil with its wildly fluctuating price. Economists have dealt with such questions for generations, but they have taken on new meaning and significance.Tackling these questions and encompassing analysis of traditional economic theory and topics as well as those that economists have only more recently addressed, 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook is a must-have reference resource.Key FeaturesProvides highly readable summaries of theory and models in key areas of micro and macroeconomics, helpful for students trying to get a "big picture" sense of the fieldIncludes introductions to relevant theory as well as empirical evidence, useful for readers interested in learning about economic analysis of an issue as well for students embarking on research projectsFeatures chapters focused on cutting-edge topics with appeal for economists seeking to learn about extensions of analysis into new areas as well as new approaches Presents models in graphical format and summarizes empirical evidence in ways that do not require much background in statistics or econometrics, so as to maximize accessibility to students.

Predatory Pricing and Strategic Entry Barriers
Predatory pricing and strategic entry barriers

The classic definition of predatory pricing is pricing below cost with the intention of running a competitor out of business. In more general terms, predatory pricing is a price reduction that is only profitable because of added market power the predator gains from eliminating, disciplining, or otherwise inhibiting the competitive conduct of a rival or potential rival (Bolton, Brodley, & Riordan, 2000). Claims of large companies preying on their smaller competitors are commonplace, starting during the formation of trusts during the late nineteenth century up through charges against Wal-Mart today. Yet in the two most recent, precedent-setting predatory pricing cases, the Supreme Court observed that “there is a consensus among commentators that predatory pricing ...

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