Maharashtra State BoardHSC Arts 12th Board Exam
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State with Reason Whether You Agree Or Disagree with the Following Statement. Barter System Did Not Have Any Difficulty. - Economics

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State with reason whether you agree or disagree with the following statement.
Barter System did not have any difficulty.

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No. we disagree with the given statement. Barter system had many difficulties. The various drawbacks of the barter system are as follows:

i. Problem of double coincidence of wants: Double coincidence of wants implies that the needs of two individuals should complement each other for the exchange to take place. For example, suppose a person in the above case, the second person must need rice in exchange of tea.
ii. Lack of a common unit of value: Under the barter system, there was no common unit for measuring the value of one good in terms of the other good for the purpose of exchange. For example, a horse cannot be measured in terms of rice in case of exchange between rice and horse.
iii. Difficulty in wealth storage: It was very difficult to store commodities for future exchange purposes. The perishable goods like grains, milk and meat could not be stored to exchange goods in future. Therefore, wealth storage was a major difficulty in the barter system.
iv. Lack of standard of deferred payments: The future payments could not be met in a C-C economy (barter system), as wealth could not be stored. It was very difficult to pay back loans.

Concept: Difficulties Involved in the Barter Exchange
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Micheal Vaz Economics HSC 12th Standard Maharashtra State Board
Chapter 11 Money
Exercise | Q 1 | Page 102
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