Share This Article:

Economic Definition of double coincidence of wants. Defined.

Offline Version: PDF

Term double coincidence of wants Definition: The requirements of a barter exchange that each trader has want the other wants and wants what the other has. Because everyone doesn't necessarily want everything, the lack of double coincidence of wants is a major obstacle in barter exchanges, especially for complex, modern economies. While double coincidence of wants is also essential for exchanges involving money, it's such an inherent trait of money we don't think twice about it. By its very nature as a generally accepted medium of exchange, everyone WANTS money.


« dominant firm | double counting »


Alphabetical Reference to Over 2,000 Economic Terms