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The Empty ATM: Inside Argentina's Broken Economy

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Catalogue Number:  393532
ISBN Number:  978-1-4213-5281-7
Producer:  Films Media Group
Subject:  Business Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  U.S.
Copyright Year:  2002
Running Time:  57

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In December 2001, the Argentine government defaulted on $155 billion in public debt. This Wide Angle documentary describes the economic disintegration of the once-affluent country, examining its political quagmire and the collapse of its currency. Showing various methods that citizens use to survive in a broken economy-ranging from the ingenious, such as barter clubs for exchanging goods and services, to the brutal, including outbreaks of rioting-the program demonstrates what happens when basic government services vanish. It also asks: How can the people of Argentina put their society back together? In addition, former World Bank Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz talks with anchor Jamie Rubin. (60 minutes)

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