In this paper, the economic impact of the active power droop gain in droop-based microgrids has been studied. To accomplish this, a theoretical analysis is presented first. This analysis is used to study a simple case in which the solution of the economic dispatch problem is compared with the dispatch obtained after applying the standard definition of the droop gains for the droop-controlled DGs, given by the Standard IEEE 1547.7. Then, the mathematical model for the optimal power flow of droop-based islanded microgrids is used to simulate and study a real unbalanced three-phase system. Results have shown that the standard definition guarantees a proper active power sharing among all the DG units, independent of the load level. However, as shown by the simulations, the standard definition does not necessarily correspond to the solution with minimum active power losses and can have a significant economic impact when compared with the optimal economic dispatch solution.