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Burgernomics: The Big Mac Guide to Purchasing Power Parity

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Dataset : survey data
  • Pakko, Michael R. (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
  • Pollard, Patricia S. (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
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  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
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  • Abstract

    The theory of purchasing power parity (PPP) has long been a staple of international economic analysis. Recent years have seen the rise in popularity of a tongue-in-cheek, fastfood version of PPP: The Big Mac index. In this article, Michael Pakko and Patricia Pollard describe how comparisons of Big Mac prices around the world contain the ingredients necessary to demonstrate the fundamental principles of PPP. They show that the Big Mac index does nearly as well as more comprehensive measures of international price comparisons and that deviations from "McParity" illustrate why PPP often appears not to hold as a practical matter.
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  • Global
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  • The files provided are the data file 0311mpd.xls and the program file 0311mpp.txt.

    These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigator(s) if further information is desired.

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 1298 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Pakko, Michael R., Pollard, Patricia S.. Burgernomics: The Big Mac Guide to Purchasing Power Parity. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review.85, (6), 9-27.2003.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Pakko, Michael R.; Pollard, Patricia S. (2004): Burgernomics: The Big Mac Guide to Purchasing Power Parity. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.