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    Consider a small city's dry-cleaning market, which is monopolistically competitive. Currently, the typical dry-cleaner is charging $5 an item. The average cost of dry-cleaning is $2. The typical dry-cleaners clean 1,000 items per week. (Each customer drops off approximately 4 items).

    Suppose, a new dry-cleaner was to enter the market, and explain what would happen to the price, average cost, output, and profit of a typical dry-cleaner.

    Eventually, what is the long run equilibrium?

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    Price = $5 an item
    Average Cost of Dry Cleaning = $2
    Margin = 5 - 2 = $3 per item
    So the net profits per week will be 1000 X 3 = $3,000

    As the new firm enters, the demand for existing firm will reduce with its marginal revenue. Thus the price that it charges will also reduce (remember MR=MC for profit ...

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    The solution evaluates a Monopolistically competitive environment and provides answers to the question asked.