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Why is Budapest so poor but looks so rich?
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RE: Why is Budapest so poor but looks so rich?
(05-15-2019 09:33 PM)rudebwoy Wrote:  people in Budapest aren't earning $40k per year on average.

You are correct about that. The problem in such debates is that no one bothers to read the materials that people post. If you or Klan Man had bothered to read the Wikipedia page cited by jasond, you would have seen that the comparison between countries is made in "international dollars," which is a tool used by economists to compare the economies of countries with different currencies. I was waiting to see if anyone would catch this fact but, as usual, people would rather argue than learn -- to the point of ignoring what members of the other side of the debate have posted.

Quote:The Geary–Khamis dollar, more commonly known as the international dollar (Int'l. dollar or Intl. dollar, abbreviation: Int'l$., Intl$., Int$, G-K$ or GK$), is a hypothetical unit of currency that has the same purchasing power parity that the U.S. dollar had in the United States at a given point in time.[1][2] It is widely used in economics and financial statistics for various purposes, most notably to determine and compare the purchasing power parity and gross domestic product of various countries and markets. The year 1990 or 2000 is often used as a benchmark year for comparisons that run through time. The unit is often abbreviated e.g. 2000 US dollar (if the benchmark year is 2000) or 2000 Int'l$.


So, you are correct that people living in Budapest do not make an average of $40,000 USD (because "international dollars" are based on year 2000 USD). On the other hand, the OECD's economic analysis tool (posted by jasond) very clearly proves that the average income in Budapest is very similar to the average income in Arkansas or West Virginia. That is a fact. So, unless you believe that the average person in Arkansas or West Virginia is poor, which is objectively not the case, the average person living in Budapest is also not poor. You need to realize that the word "poor" is defined by the dictionary; it is not subject to anyone's subjective whims.
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