Working Paper No. 8

World Hyperinflations

This chapter supplies, for the first time, a table that contains all 56 episodes of hyperinflation, including several which had previously gone unreported. The Hyperinflation Table is compiled in a systematic and uniform way. Most importantly, it meets the replicability test. It utilizes clean and consistent inflation metrics, indicates the start and end dates of each episode, identifies the month of peak hyperinflation, and signifies the currency that was in circulation, as well as the method used to calculate inflation rates.

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Source: Steve Hanke and Nicholas Krus, “World Hyperinflations”. Cato Working Paper no. 8, August 15, 2012. Forthcoming in: Randall Parker and Robert Whaples (eds.) (2013) The Handbook of Major Events in Economic History, London: Routledge Publishing. (expected publication date: Summer 2013).

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Steve H. Hanke is a Professor of Applied Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. Nicholas Krus is a research associate at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise.