Would a Gold Standard Brighten Economic Outcomes? (Page One Economics)

Historically, money was made of either valuable commodities such as gold or silver coins or pieces of paper (bills) representing these commodities. The United States severed its last official monetary link to gold in 1971. The January 2015 Page One Economics Newsletter describes some of the advantages and disadvantages of the gold standard.

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Education Level: 9-12 Non-educators College
Subjects: AP Economics Economics History
Concepts: Inflation/Deflation Money
Resource Types: Publication Lesson
Languages: English