Venezuela’s central bank has said it will start circulating higher currency bills (Spanish) on Dec. 15, a move that resembles the steps Zimbabwe and 1920’s Germany had to take at the height of their hyperinflation. Critics question whether Venezuela’s schedule will go according to plan.

Regardless, the new notes do nothing to solve the underlying problems in the country. Even with the largest bill, worth 20,000 bolívars, workers would need more than 20 bills to buy the basic goods basket, which cost 430,000 bolívars (Spanish) in October. That was 19 times the minimum salary.

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