Posts Tagged ‘Brazil’

  • Our Transportation Infrastructure is Crumbling

    Cars and the Middle Class in Developing Nations

    May 26, 12 • 364 Views • No Comments

    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 be able to buy a tall macchiato at a Starbucks or a...  [read more]

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    Domestic Work

    Dec 27, 11 • 255 Views • No Comments

    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 the...  [read more]

  • The Per Capital Dog Population Is An Economic Indicator

    Pooches and Prosperity

    Sep 18, 11 • 250 Views • No Comments

    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 6 to 1. (In...  [read more]

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    Grade Inflation

    Jul 16, 11 • 317 Views • No Comments

    Recent research indicates college students are studying less. Between 1961 and 2003, full time college students diminished their study time from 40 to 27 hours a week. And yet, they have been getting higher grades. In 1940, 15% of all students got A’s....  [read more]

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    Trading Places

    Jun 14, 11 • 329 Views • No Comments

    A switch has taken place. More than half of our imported goods used to come from the G-6 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K.) Now, we import more from China, Mexico and Brazil. Specifically, in 1987, 55% of U.S. merchandise imports came...  [read more]