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August 21, 2009

WORKERS HAVE TO TOIL TEN TIMES AS LONG IN MEXICO CITY FOR A BIG MAC AS IN CHICAGO

Economist - A UBS report published this week offers a handy guide to how long it takes a worker on the average net wage to earn the price of a Big Mac in 73 cities. Fast-food junkies are best off in Chicago, Toronto and Tokyo, where it takes a mere 12 minutes at work to afford a Big Mac. By contrast, employees must toil for over two hours to earn enough for a burger fix in Mexico City, Jakarta and Nairobi.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Mairead said...

Making a BigMac the measure not only gives McD's free advertising, it trivialises what could be useful comparisons.

How many hours does it take to afford a month's rent on 1 room, 2 rooms, 4 rooms? How many hours to feed 1 person, 2 people, 4 people? What does commuting do to those numbers, since commuting dilutes the net wage by being mandatory but unpaid time.

There are real, interesting, and above all useful questions that could have been researched.

Here's a meta-question: what percentage of people will come to the same conclusion about why those real questions weren't asked?

August 22, 2009 5:13 AM  

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