A Big Mac Mystery

The Economist created the Big Mac Index in 1986 to compare the price of the Big Mac in different countries. Their goal, they said, was to make exchange rate talk more “digestible.” However, the January 16 Index also generated some…

The Impact of a Bee Sting on Your Big Mac

The market’s message from bee pollination prices has minimized the impact of colony collapse disorder (CCD) on our Big Mac.

The Gallons of Gas That a Worker Can Buy

Comparing the purchasing power for a Big Mac and a gallon of gasoline, we can form hypotheses about worker well-being in developed and developing nations.

Why the Big Mac is Like a Model T

Waiting in line at the McDonald’s drive-through, just think 90 seconds. The most you are supposed to wait, 90 seconds is one half of the McDonald’s formula. Always aiming for speed, years ago McDonald’s experimented with un-toasted buns. They also tried…

(Mc)Wages Around the World

It can be tough to compare wages around the world. While lots of people could be called iPhone assemblers or auto workers or t-shirt makers, depending on the country, factory conditions, time off, the work day, all really differ. Not…