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Monopsony

The existence of only one buyer in a market, forcing sellers to accept a lower price than the socially optimal price.

Monopsony

Describing a market for a good or service with several potential sellers and only one potential buyer. Low prices mark the monopsonies because the sellers must compete for the buyer, perhaps to below sustainable level. One may thing of a monopsony as the polar opposite of a monopoly. See also: Buyer's Market.

monopsony

Of, relating to, or being a market in which there is a single buyer of a particular good or service. Businesses selling in a market characterized by monopsony are likely to suffer below-average profitability because of the lack of alternative outlets for their products. Compare monopoly.

monopsony

a form of BUYER CONCENTRATION, that is, a MARKET situation in which a single buyer confronts many small suppliers. Monopsonists are often able to secure advantageous terms from suppliers in the form of BULK-BUYING price discounts and extended CREDIT terms. See MONOPOLY, BILATERAL MONOPOLY.
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These collusive monopsonies are held to legal standards even stricter than those that apply to a pure monopsony.
who is a law professor at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, said that even if monopsonies do exist, physician unionization might not necessarily be the answer to them.
Thus, restaurants are socially efficient monopsonies.
A first-best solution to distorted input markets is similar to Robinson's "world of monopolies" [8] and might be called a "world of monopsonies.
The important theoretical and empirical question is, however, whether or not wages are lower in the real world than they would be otherwise as a consequence of the existence of monopsonies.