A Lot For a Latte?

We can get the most latte for our loot in Cairo. At the equivalent of $1.53, a Cairo tall latte is close to one-half the $3.45 price of one in the U.S. On the other hand, a tall latte in Zurich…

Where to Spend the Most on a Big Mac

Displaying foreign exchange fluctuation, the price of a Big Mac in different countries can be compared to show if a currency is over- or undervalued.

An Emperor, Immortality, and Monetary Union

By Mira Korber, guest blogger. Two days ago I visited the Times Square Discovery TSX exhibition of the Terracotta Warriors. It is a fascinating display of history, art, and architecture, and I was particularly struck by some economic artifacts from…

Yuan Opinions

Can you imagine 43 million pairs of socks a year, 5,000 an hour, some saying Dora the Explorer, being produced by one Chinese manufacturer? When you pay $2.99 for a pair of those socks at Wal-Mart, they probably cost that…

Son Preference

If there are 122 men for every 100 women, how do you find a wife? According to a Columbia University professor, in China, you save. Economists have been asking why Chinese households save so much–30% as compared to a current…

Frugal Fatigue and Yuan Updates

Re a March 21 post about frugal fatigue… For a fifth straight month, consumer spending is up, meaning perhaps that we are headed for a “V” recovery?   Data from the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report indicates that internet spending…

Yuan or Yen

Harvard professor Niall Ferguson, called China a currency manipulator in a recent interview. Next month, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will let us know if he agrees. The United States has not formally called China a currency manipulator since 1994.    According to a…