[linux-elitists] [silk] a copy of windows costs $42725 in india (fwd from email@example.com)
Sat Dec 6 18:13:39 PST 2003
* Eugen Leitl <firstname.lastname@example.org> [031205 11:28]:
> i've prepared a table comparing the $560 cost of a single windows +
> office licence to GDP/capita for 176 countries and some geographical
That's interesting information, but keep in mind that GDP/capita can be
misleading. Many people in underdeveloped countries don't particpate
much in their country's money-based economy. It therefore may be
misleading to say that the "average individual income" in India is
$462/year. Many Indians may make more than that, many others may hardly
use money at all in their economic transactions, and almost no one may
end up making $462/year.
In order to get more accurate numbers, my guess is that you would want
to consider GDP/capita-whose-primary-economic-activities-involve-money.
The price disparity between countries may still end up being quite
large, but at least a government official who lives in Calcutta could
look at the numbers and recognize them as accurately describing his
I don't know what the right numbers are, but there must be lots of
people who have lots of experience making such comparisons.
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