Posts Tagged ‘US’

  • Displaying different strategies, McDonald's and Starbucks call a 16 ounce cup different names.

    Caffeine Highs and Lows

    Nov 18, 12 • 651 Views • No Comments

    Among the biggest coffee drinkers in the world, euro-zone consumers are cutting back. As one Milan café owner explained, “Since the beginning of the year most of our regulars cut their coffees from around four to two a day. Sometimes, instead of...  [read more]

  • Beer and pretzels.

    Beer Economics

    Nov 8, 12 • 511 Views • No Comments

    In China, 1/2 liter of beer costs 9 minutes of work. To calculate how many minutes of work it takes to buy beer in 150 countries, Swiss bank UBS researchers divided the median wage in that country by the price of 1/2 liter from a retailer. Their results?...  [read more]

  • Looming Worldwide Pig Shortage

    Pork Problems

    Sep 28, 12 • 231 Views • No Comments

    Announcing the cancellation of this year’s bacon eating contest, Major League Eating (“the world body that governs all stomach-centric sports’) said,  “We cannot, in good conscience, allow top ranked eater Joey Chestnut to eat bacon...  [read more]

  • In NYC and China, developers are building smaller apartments.

    Living Solo: Part 2

    Sep 1, 12 • 349 Views • No Comments

    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 are one-person. Looking at...  [read more]

  • Industries afflicted with Baumol's Disease have slower productivity growth.

    Election Economics: How Successful is the US Healthcare System?

    Aug 20, 12 • 348 Views • No Comments

    It might be tough to use statistics to judge US health care. Among OECD countries (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), from 1980 to 1999, for life expectancy, the US ranked #19 and Canada was #5. However, the order flips–US #1 and...  [read more]