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Making sense of a crank case: monetary diversity in Argentina (1999–2003)


  • Gómez, Georgina M.
  • Dini, Paolo


Based on empirical data, this study discusses the introduction, acceptance and circulation of two complementary currencies in Argentina that do not fit well in the main approaches to the nature of money. These two monetary circuits, provincial and community currencies, were introduced as units of account to denominate the value of debt and circulated as means of payment to overcome monetary stringency during the crisis of 1999-2003. After discussing several theories on the nature of money, we reflect on the institutional significance of currency circuits as concurrent and rather stable pairs of trade and money. We suggest that several theories of money need to be combined to account for the variety and heterogeneity of daily monetary practices in a broad spectrum of countries.

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  • Gómez, Georgina M. & Dini, Paolo, 2016. "Making sense of a crank case: monetary diversity in Argentina (1999–2003)," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 67120, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:67120

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    Ontology of money; Monetary plurality; Community currencies; Subnational currencies; Argentina;
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    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit
    • O2 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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