Barrier to Entry

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Barrier to Entry

A high cost or other difficulty that prevents or makes it difficult for new businesses to enter an industry. For instance, high regulation or customer loyalty may be barriers to entry for a new company. Barriers to entry provide a distinct advantage for companies already operating; these companies have high profit margins and few competitors. Examples of industries with barriers to entry are the telecommunications and energy industries, because of the high cost of infrastructure necessary to begin operations. See also: Barriers to exit.
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Poor pay and conditions were endemic in the profession, irrespective of race, and could have been construed as legitimate deterrents to entry. However, these problems were played out through the issue of skin colour, an argument so institutionalized and deep-seated that it led to apartheid within the nursing profession itself.