Current events quiz

Are you on top of the news? Which one of the following is true:

a) An influential Saudi Prince calls for greater use of hybrid cars

b) French President Jacques Chirac calls for six month moratorium on wine exports

c) George Bush urges Americans to limit meals at McDonald’s to once a week

d) Argentina’s President Nestor Kirchner imposes a 180 day ban on exports of Argentine beef

And the answer is….D!

Yes, afraid of inflation that’s running as fast as a Pamplona bull (and the fastest in the region last quarter at 2.9%), the administration of Argentine President Kirchner has imposed a near total ban on beef exports. What?!? Why clobber a leading sector? In a bizarre piece of macroeconomic reasoning, the theory driving this decision holds that redirecting the beef exports will flood the domestic market with beef and bring prices down. Prices fell almost 15 percent after the news on March 8, but the sector is hurting and cattle farmers and processors may lay off 10,000 workers, lose $1 billion, and continue a switch to soybeans…(Economist, Bloomberg)

Let’s hope he doesn’t think about an export ban on wine!

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One Response to “Current events quiz”

  1. And then he continued this bizarre logic by publicly asking, the public, the citizens of this country, to stop eating beef. Somehow or other he seems to think this will “show them” (them presumeably being the ranchers) that they can’t get away with higher prices. The general reaction here has been one of “well, yes, eating less red meat would probably be good for me, and maybe it would do some political good, but how would I survive if I didn’t eat beef at least twice a day?”


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