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HW#1 FIN 525 International Financial Management Fall/2014 Please read and summarize the two articles attached below: 1) Why Some Countries and Cities Are So Much More Expensive Than Others 2) Are US Multinationals Abandoning America? Write a 1-2 page summary for each. It’s due in one week. Please bring a hardcopy to class. Why Some Countries and Cities Are So Much More Expensive Than Others By Derek Thompson The Atlantic Magazine Our special report on the world of prices wouldn't be complete without asking, and trying to answer, a big, and surprisingly complex, question: How do pricey countries get that way? [pic] Reuters ChinaZenaide Muneton is a nanny in New York City. Last year, she made more than $200,000, Planet…show more content…
But if he had visited ten years ago, it might have been closer to 50 cents. As India has become more productive over the last few decades, wages in the tradable sector (IT) rose, pulling up wages in the nontradable sector (waiters), and the currency has appreciated. There is a still a major price difference D.C. and Delhi. One dollar will pay for much less stuff in America than its equivalent in rupees will buy in India. But as Indian exports continue to grow, one should expect Shyam's lunch to get more and more expensive. There is much more to price levels than the Nanny Effect. Much, much, much more. Restrictive urban policy raises the price of rent in similarly productive cities. Energy policies and levies raise or lower the price of gas. Tariffs raise the price of imports. On a nation-by-nation basis, taxes restrain demand and subsidies increase supply on an idiosyncratic basis. But perhaps the easiest way to mess with Balassa and Samuelson is for a government to manipulate foreign exchange rates. China, for example, is famous for pegging its currency to the U.S. dollar to make its exports more competitive. As a result, services in China are probably cheaper than they would be if the government weren't actively trying to depreciate the currency. If you're happily wondering "Why is China so cheap?" you should thank Beijing. "The B-S Effect [er, Nanny Effect!] explains why on average, prices vary across
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