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21056Re: Euro go-ahead

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  • Martin Votruba
    May 3, 2008
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      > To back up the argument for statistics and perception

      As to Slovakia, here are a few price-to-salary comparisons -- how much
      a given item cost a Slovak with the average income in 2007 by
      comparison to the same in 2002 (a minus means a drop):

      bread, butter: the same percentage of income as in 2002
      pork (a popular cut): -42%
      chicken: -31%
      beer: -23%
      TV: -65%
      small Skoda car: -33%
      bank account charges: +39%

      The Slovaks' rising incomes have substantially outpaced the rising
      prices of the listed items. On the other hand, an opinion poll among
      the gainsaying Slovaks might suggest that everything is 2-3 times more
      expensive now and that they are reduced to borrowing money to take the
      bus to work.


      votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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