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The measurement standards that we take for granted today, such as for weight, length, time, and temperature, were not always so exact. Over the years, we have come to appreciate the importance of maintaining consistent standards in our measurement of these and other subjective phenomena. Why, then, do we not demand the same rigorous adherence to a standard when it comes to our measure of value - the dollar? We should.

The measurement standards that we take for granted today, such as for weight, length, time, and temperature, were not always so exact. Over the years, we have come to appreciate the importance of maintaining consistent standards in our measurement of these and other subjective phenomena. Why, then, do we not demand the same rigorous adherence to a standard when it comes to our measure of value - the dollar? We should.


Suggested citation: Bryan, Michael F., 1997. "Bad Standards," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary, 10.01.1997.

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