noun \mə-ˈnäp-sə-nē\
plural mo·nop·so·nies

Definition of MONOPSONY

:  an oligopsony limited to one buyer
mo·nop·so·nis·tic \-ˌnäp-sə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective


mon- + -opsony (as in oligopsony)
First Known Use: 1933

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In economic theory, market situation in which there is only one buyer. An example of pure monopsony is a firm that is the only buyer of labour in an isolated town; such a firm would be able to pay lower wages to its employees than it would if other firms were present. Though cases of pure monopsony are rare, monopsonistic elements are found wherever there are many sellers and few purchasers.


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