A price dictated by any entity other than market forces. Most of the time, an administered price refers to a price set by a government, but it may also be set by a private company with sufficient control over the market that it can control prices. See also: Monopoly.
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administered pricea PRICE for a product which is set and controlled by an individual supplier, a group of suppliers or the government, as opposed to being determined by the free interplay of market forces. See MONOPOLY, CARTEL, PRICE CONTROL, FIXED EXCHANGE RATE.
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- a price for a PRODUCT that is set by an individual producer or group of producers. In PERFECT COMPETITION, characterized by many very small producers, the price charged is determined by the interaction of market demand and market supply, and the individual producer has no control over this price. By contrast, in an OLIGOPOLY and a MONOPOLY, large producers have considerable discretion over the prices they charge and can, for example, use some administrative formula like FULL-COST PRICING to determine the particular price charged. A number of producers may combine to administer the price of a product by operating a CARTEL or price-fixing agreement.
- a price for a product, or CURRENCY, etc., that is set by the government or an international organization. For example, an individual government or INTERNATIONAL COMMODITY AGREEMENT may fix the prices of agricultural produce or commodities such as tin to support producers’ incomes; under an internationally managed FIXED EXCHANGE-RATE SYSTEM, member countries establish fixed values for the exchange rates of their currencies. See PRICE SUPPORT, PRICE CONTROLS.
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