Don't blame dollar for El Salvador's inflation, says former finance minister

Manuel Hinds, the former finance minister of El Salvador, writes that many people blame dollarization for the country's inflation – quite incorrectly.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

These people point out that prices were lower before the 2001 dollarization than they are now. But they seem to assume that prices would have remained frozen in time if they had remained in colons.
That reasoning, however, conveniently forgets the whole history of the colon and the behavior of other Latin American currencies since 2001. Inflation would have been worse without dollarization, Hinds argues.

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