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Swiss franc less overvalued according to latest Big Mac index

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March 4, A better instruction manual. June 27, Featured Posts. Big Mac Index. March 23, Henry Park. Search By Tags. July 4. June 7. May 8. April 8. March 8. February 8. January 9. December 8. November October 9. September 8. August 7. July 9. In other words, when a currency is either significantly over- or under-valued relative to BMP , it tends to stay there. This is hardly a problem with economic theory. Many things can explain these large and persistent deviations from PPP. The first is that Big Macs are perishable and costly to transport per unit value.

Local Big Mac prices reflect the cost of inputs into production that are relatively immobile, including local labor and local buildings.

Differences in these costs mean that McDonalds in different cities will charge a different price. The same applies to local taxes and for the most part to perishable inputs, like beef, buns, lettuce, and tomatoes that are costly to transport. And, when the cities are in different countries, transactions in these inputs also may be hindered by trade barriers like tariffs and quotas, while cross-border labor mobility is severely limited. These enduring frictions, described in detail in research on the Big Mac index over the years you can start here , mean that the deviations in the implied currency valuations should persist for quite some time; and they do.

By comparison, the half-life of deviations from economy-wide PPP is probably about five years.

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Swiss franc less overvalued according to latest Big Mac index

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It is based on the theory of purchasing-power parity PPP , the notion that in the long run exchange rates should move towards the rate that would equalise the prices of an identical basket of goods and services in this case, a burger in any two countries. The Big Mac Index includes a raw version and an adjusted version.

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The adjusted Index was designed to allow for the expectation that poorer countries would have lower burger prices due their lower labour costs. Of course, there is plenty of debate about the Big Mac Index. Brazil 2. Colombia 3. Turkey 4. Argentina 5. Peru The lowest were: 1. Hong Kong 2.