GAO Glossary of Terms and Definitions (September 2005)
Chained Dollars
(Economics Term)
Dollar values calculated by taking the current dollar level of a series in the base period (or period from which the weights for a measurement series are derived) and multiplying it by the change in the chain quantity index number for the series (calculated using chained weights) since the base period. Chained-dollar estimates correctly show growth rates for a series, but the summed components do not equal the aggregate in periods other than the period from which the weights for a measurement series are derived. (See also Chain Price Indexes; Real Dollar.)
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