Indonesia’s Big Mac index

According to the Economist’s Big Mac index, an Indonesian worker must work for 3 hours 3 minutes to earn enough to buy one Big Mac (in Australia, a worker only needs to work for 16 minutes). Doesn’t really make much sense to me though – I mean the energy needed to work for over three hours is probably more than you get from the Big Mac in the first place. Wouldn’t it be better just to sleep or do nothing?

But putting the Big Mac in the shade is the hamburger being sold by the Four Seasons Jakarta – it sells for a phenomenal US$110 (Rp1 million). For an Indonesian worker to buy one of these beauties he’d have to work for more than a month and save every penny. And then he’d probably complain of the taste anyway– it contains foie gras, Portobello mushrooms and Korean pears.

But despite its high price, the burgers are apparently selling well...

Nasi goreng anyone?


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