The Economist's Big Mac Index, a Meaty Guide for Traveling on the Cheap

Posted Jul 29th 2011 04:00 PMUpdated Jul 29th 2011 04:01 PM




The Economist has released something a little less dry – even juicier – than its normal fare: The annual Big Mac index, which compares burger prices around the world.

The burger indices, which the august weekly has been releasing for over twenty years, always spark cocktail party debates between economists about the valuation of various currencies and the legitimacy of using strange indicators (men's underwear is also popular) to determine whether exchange rates are being manipulated. For travelers the results can be felt more concretely.

The taste of home costs too much in Brazil, for instance, but can be grabbed on the cheap in Mexico.

The lovely graphic below, compiled by the good folks over at Credit Sesame, gives a cursory visual guide to Big Mac-Ronomics. Reversion to the mean is as good a reason as any to get to India now.


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wow i love la big- mac !

October 31 2011 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Andrew Goldstein

thank you for the recommendation Rocio.

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Lissa Huang

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October 09 2011 at 4:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

omg ! the Big Mac is amazing ! im hungry !

September 27 2011 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

TYHE BIG-MAC IS AMAZING ! and delicious ... really ... fantastic

August 31 2011 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is complete bullshit.

In Sweden Big Mac ___MEAL___ costs $7.64. In Britain Big Mac __SANDWICH__ costs $3,89 So comparing sandwiches and meals... hmm...

August 03 2011 at 7:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looks like they have measured taxes size rather than purchasing power.

July 31 2011 at 12:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zek foo Ramos

Nice, OK man now thats what I am talking about. Wow.

July 30 2011 at 10:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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