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Subject: Typical example of Monopoy
Category: Science > Social Sciences
Asked by: gacon144-ga
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Posted: 20 Sep 2006 00:43 PDT
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Question ID: 766881
I am doing a project on Monopoly and Monopolistic Competition (
characteristics, social impacts and solution). I have tried to find a
typical example but have yet succeeded. Could you search for some Web
links that help me find the statistics and general operation of a
typical monopoly market as well as the appropriate regulations from

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 20 Sep 2006 06:40 PDT

Please clarify, are you looking for an example of a monopoly (like a
regional publicly-run utility for electricity or water), or of
monopolistic competition?

The two are pretty different, regardless of the similar names.

Also, let us know in a bit more detail what sort of information you're
seeking.  What sort of statistics, for instance?



Clarification of Question by gacon144-ga on 20 Sep 2006 20:46 PDT
Thanks for your consideration. My group has decided our topic already,
so now I don't need to find info about monopoly statistic. Instead,
now I am looking for some funny pictures demonstrating the facts of
monopoly impacts on our society (including positive and negative
ones). The pictures should not be about Monopoly board game but the
realistic example in society.

I would appreciate if you could find as many pictures as possible.

Thank you for taking time off to help me.
Subject: Re: Typical example of Monopoy
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 21 Sep 2006 04:56 PDT

Here you go:
Cartoon of the week
This cartoon shows Theodore Roosevelt breaking up big trusts,
including the beef trust
social security as monopoly
An 1897 cartoon by C. J. Taylor suggests that the United States
government was being manipulated by business monopolies and trusts.
?Mr. Brandeis in court? Brandeis challenging a New England railroad monopoly
[near bottom of page]
?The Great Boodle Monopoly?  
Cartoonist:  Thomas Nast
John D. Rockefeller
Washington residents resented the Rainier National Park Company's
monopoly in the park.
Monopoly in Political Cartoons
[click the numbers on the left-hand side to view the slides]
Winding up the Monopoly
Death of the monopoly
Gas monopoly
"Trust Buster"
T.R., a wrestling enthusiast, is depicted here as wrestling the Railroad Trust.
Say no
Robber Baron monopolies
Trusts and Monopolies
Where Did The Monopolies Start?
UK Commission
Resistance is futile

Let me know if you need anything else, in addition to the material provided.



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trust buster
Subject: Re: Typical example of Monopoy
From: myoarin-ga on 20 Sep 2006 06:30 PDT
Just a free comment and maybe a suggestion for someone to pursue.

Typical monopolies are telephone, post, rail systems, electricity, gas
and water suppliers, and to some extent airline traffic in some areas.
 A sole domestic producer of cars could be another example.

In Europe, the first mentioned examples were state-owned monopolies  -
in some cases government agencies -  until a few years ago.
Airlines is a bit more complicated, but control/limited access at one
time allowed Lufthansa to charge as much for some two hour flights
within Europe as the cheapest price for transatlantic flights.  (I
cannot explain the details.)

In Germany:
Telephone service after competition was established has resulted in
much, much better and much cheaper service.
Postal service has deteriorated and remains expensive (one can't say
if it has become more expensive than it otherwise would have).
There is a relationship behind this.  Post and Tel were once a
combined government monopoly that passed 10% of revenues (!) out of a
common pot to the federal government.  Tel. could generously subsidize
the post.

The state Railway system was always non-profit, or worse, but under
political control considered a necessary public service.  Its
competition is not so much from new railroads but from increased
highway traffic on a highly subsidized road network that allows more
flexible goods traffic and speed competition for cars within a large
radius, plus the competition of cheaper flights now for longer

I hope this helps a bit.
Subject: Re: Typical example of Monopoy
From: frde-ga on 20 Sep 2006 09:23 PDT
Make sure that you squeeze Joe Schumpeter into your dissertation.
Subject: Re: Typical example of Monopoy
From: frankcorrao-ga on 20 Sep 2006 11:04 PDT
Here is  a picture of a typical example of a monopoly:
Subject: Re: Typical example of Monopoy
From: scubajim-ga on 21 Sep 2006 15:09 PDT
In the US the primary education system is a monopoly.  There isn't
much competition from private schools.  Hence the lack of good solid
public school education nationwide.
Subject: Re: Typical example of Monopoy
From: frde-ga on 22 Sep 2006 03:39 PDT
Are lousy schools really down to State monopoly ?

Here in the UK State Schools vary widely by area, as a result people
move house so that they are in the cachement area of a 'good' school.

House prices reflect the quality of the school.

This would suggest that something else is determining the quality of
the schools. From some old experience of visiting a heck of a lot of
primary and junior schools I would say that the difference is
initially down to the staff.

Good staff don't like working in lousy areas, specifically where they
have loutish kids with even more loutish parents.

So bad schools are down to their cachement area.

Without the State, in the UK, lousy cachement areas would probably
have no schools, since poor people would be incapable and unwilling to
pay enough to run a dump in a slum.

Any decent teachers would be soaked up by the decent schools who would
lower the student : pupil ratio.

Of course Walmart might step in, but there could be linguistic
problems as they would tend to source from China.

Even then, I would expect Walmart to simply avoid certain areas.

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