17 September 2009
Will This Cause Inflation?
There is a bit of concern that the introduction of the new 2000 rupiah note will lead to inflation as merchants jack up their prices with a view to not having to give change. However, these concerns have been dismissed by the Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, as "theoretically impossible".
I have been hearing that the notes are pretty popular in the lead up to the Idul Fitri (Eid ul-Fitr) celebration. Indonesians tend to give crisp new notes as gifts to young children in recognition of the end of the fasting month.
There is a press release on the currency release here (in Indonesian).