The Country That Was Called a Serial (Debt) Deadbeat

When an emerging markets nation like Argentina has a vulnerable economy, then the pandemic lockdown can create a sovereign debt default.

A Sad Soybean Saga

From U.S. farm income to Brazil’s exports to a racing cargo ship, the impact of China’s retaliatory soybean tariff has had a global impact.

A Corny Supply and Demand Story

With U.S. corn so cheap, seeing South American corn in domestic corn markets could seem illogical until we look at supply and demand more closely.

Our Weekly Roundup: From Argentina to North Dakota

Today’s weekly roundup includes the everyday economics of sovereign debt defaults, oil boom towns, athletes’ labor markets and the GDP.

Argentina's (Long) Default History

With Argentina again defaulting on her sovereign debt, she is violating the sanctity of contracts and lessened her borrowing ability at home and globally.

Sovereign Debt: Is Argentina’s Default Legal?

Does Argentina still owe bondholders the money? The US Supreme Court might decide. It all began with what scholars Rogoff and Reinhart called the lending boom of the 1990s. Enjoying an influx of dollars, Argentina borrowed and grew and prospered…for awhile.  But…

How To Win The Olympics

The 2016 Olympics in Rio might be different. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Great Britain fared poorly. They took home only one gold and ranked #36 among medal winners. At Beijing in 2008, their medal count was 47 and they ranked…

Apple Looks Unappetizing in Argentina

By Mira Korber, guest blogger. While wandering the streets of Buenos Aires, I wondered why the shop windows seemed devoid of any new Apple products. Electronics stores touted the antepenultimate model of the iPod Nano as the new (overpriced) great…

Slippery Subsidies

By Mira Korber, guest blogger, Kent Place School alumna, Yale student, and recent traveler to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Venture down any avenue in Buenos Aires and you will certainly see tremendous lines coiling around the sidewalks as daily commuters await…

Forbidden Dollars

By Mira Korber, guest blogger, Kent Place School alumna, Yale student, and recent traveler to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  In Argentina, a $100 USD bill is a hot item. And though Argentines want US dollars — for traveling, saving, or otherwise…