Posts Tagged ‘Zimbabwe’

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    Coin Matters

    Apr 27, 12 • 339 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 • 345 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 • 300 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]

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    A Price Story

    Dec 22, 10 • 274 Views • No Comments

    Do you think that the BPP is more accurate than the CPI? Based at MIT, The Billion Prices Project (BPP) monitors close to 5 million items sold by approximately 300 retailers in 70 countries. Using the BPP, we can choose a country and then see, on a daily...  [read more]

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    Wheelbarrows of Money

    Apr 26, 10 • 280 Views • No Comments

    If your country’s currency is hyperinflating, then how do you buy bread? You can find a wheelbarrow or use another currency. During February, 2007, with an inflation rate exceeding 50% per month, the Zimbabwean economy experienced hyperinflation....  [read more]