Posts Tagged ‘hyperinflation’

  • Everyday economics: Looking at the CPI and beyond, there are many ways to calculate the inflation rate.

    Expanding How We Measure Inflation

    Dec 9, 14 • 450 Views • No Comments

    Our CPI measure of the inflation rate has been debated because it could be calculated using a chained CPU, could be real time, and excludes some seniors....  [read more]

  • Decisions Have An Opportunity Cost That Require Tradeoffs

    Developing a Soda Habit

    Jul 26, 12 • 285 Views • No Comments

    Why do Brazilians drink Coca-Cola? Our story starts during 1990. Trying to cope with an 80% monthly inflation rate, Brazilian shoppers rushed to supermarkets early in the morning before higher price stickers replaced the old ones. In just one month, a $1...  [read more]

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    Coin Matters

    Apr 27, 12 • 365 Views • No Comments

    Hearing that Zimbabweans had a limited supply of coins, I recalled one person’s response to Starbucks’ price hike to $2.01 for a tall coffee in NYC: “I can’t believe it. Now I need to walk around with pennies?” I guess we take change for...  [read more]

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    Laundering Zimbabwean money

    Mar 29, 12 • 372 Views • No Comments

    In Zimbabwe, people are laundering money. Literally. When their U.S. dollars look too gray and faded, Zimbabweans wash and dry them. In this Wall Street Journal photo, dollar bills, shirts and sheets are suspended with clothes pins along a line. Why? First...  [read more]

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    89.7 Sextillion Percent Inflation

    May 12, 11 • 330 Views • No Comments

    Imagine a country where supermarket employees have to raise their prices several times a day, maybe by placing one price sticker on top of the old one. Describing Brazilian inflation during the early 1990s, one woman said she raced to food markets to see if...  [read more]