International Trade: The Story of a Subsidy

Oddly, some US farm subsidies go to Brazil. Imagine a safety net when you think of a subsidy. If prices are too low, then growers get money from the federal government. During the 1930s Great Depression, the goal of subsidies…

Do Brazilians or Russians Work Shorter Hours?

Brazil or Russia? Who tends to work shorter hours? Who takes longer lunch hours? Who watches more TV? Who is more likely to sleep 8 hours or more each night?   Brazil was the correct answer to every question. My…

A Safety Net: Will India Copy Brazil?

If anyone asks you about India’s anti-poverty initiative, just say UID and CCT. India’s current welfare-in-kind social support system is woefully inefficient. Sort of like a leaky pipeline, a part of the food, fuel, and fertilizer that the Indian government…

Pooches and Prosperity

Chloe and Gus, my daughter’s miniature Pomeranians, consume organic dog food and use wee-wee pads, they visit the vet, the groomer, and enjoy their treats and toys. Because of Chloe and Gus, my cats, and the dogs in 1 out…

Living Solo: Part 2

Soup and ready-made meals sales are soaring in Brazil. The reason is probably more singles. In the United Arab Emirates, if you are over 30 and female, there is a 60% chance you are unmarried. For Japan, 31.5% of all households…

How To Win The Olympics

The 2016 Olympics in Rio might be different. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Great Britain fared poorly. They took home only one gold and ranked #36 among medal winners. At Beijing in 2008, their medal count was 47 and they ranked…

Developing a Soda Habit

Why do Brazilians drink Coca-Cola? Our story starts during 1990. Trying to cope with an 80% monthly inflation rate, Brazilian shoppers rushed to supermarkets early in the morning before higher price stickers replaced the old ones. In just one month,…

Cars and the Middle Class in Developing Nations

What does it mean to be middle class? For a developing nation like China, income might be the key. If someone earns between $10 and $50 a day, then that person is middle class. Or perhaps you just need to…

Domestic Work

What do drip dry clothing, take-out food, dog walkers, dishwashers, dry cleaners, and dusty ceilings have in common? A servant shortage. Currently, Brazil has less household help because of economic growth. Low income women who had worked and lived in…

Pooches and Prosperity

In Latin America, with Brazil #1, being middle class means owning a dog. According to the Economist, more dogs mean more pet food, “knick-knacks,” and veterinary care. Based on pet food sales, the Latin American dog to cat ratio is…