In April 2002, Argentina's economic situation seemed to be getting worse and worse. Banks closed for nine days before reopening on April 29, 2002. How did Argentinians function during that time? Amy Radil of NPR reported on the flourishing barter economy that sprung up through necessity. Her report provides background information for the students in this lesson as they examine inflation, barter systems, and the use of currency.
The students investigate money--its purpose and functions. They complete an exercise, using the online acution site Ebay, to learn why money is critical to an economy.
Students learn how currency values are set by supply and demand, and how changes in the value of currency affect international trade. Students then find the value of the Brazilian Real in 2000 and 2002, determine whether the currency has appreciated or depreciated, and predict the effects on imports and exports.
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