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Inflation: Economists and Economic Cultures in Brazil and Argentina

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 May 2006

Federico Neiburg
Social Anthropology, Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


In the middle of fourteenth century in Western Europe, a turning point occurred in the modern inquiry into the nature of money. While political unification of the states made monetary standardization and centralization key issues (establishing the distinction which still exists today between authentic currency and spurious or quasi-currencies), some of the wisest minds of the period, such as Nicolas Oresme, speculated on the reasons and consequences of the rapid loss in the value of money. The Black Plague, which took lives but not goods, left an accursed legacy: inflation, fed by the excess of wealth in the hands of survivors, dedicated to a ‘sumptuous consumption.’

Research Article
© 2006 Cambridge University Press

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