Matters of Scale - The Global Economy

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Price of a jar of Avon "skin-renewal" product being advertised on Brazilian TV and then sold door-to-door in the Amazon Basin by an army of 80,000 Avon saleswomen
40
Average household income per day of the women in the region, who are persuaded to forego buying clothes or shoes in order to purchase the Avon product
3
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Average hourly wage of workers at 2,200 factories of General Electric, Ford, General Motors, GTE Sylvania, RCA, Westinghouse, and other U.S. companies with plants in the free-trade zone of Mexico along the U.S. border
1.64
Average hourly wage of manufacturing workers in the "home" country of these companies
16.17
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Amount AT&T is investing in a joint venture with Mexican banks to develop a digital telephone network in Mexico
$1 billion
Net worth of Carlos Slim, chairman of the Mexican telephone company (Telmex)
$6 billion
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Worldwide profits of the Walt Disney Company in 1993
$300 million
Amount taken home by Disney chairman Michael Eisner
$203 million
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Number of the 100 largest economic units in the world that are nations (as measured by GNP)
49
Number that are corporations (as measured by sales)
51
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Number of elephants in Burundi in 1986
1
Number of elephant tusks, all certified as originating in Burundi, exported that year
23000
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Sources: Avon item: TV Nation, NBC television, August 2, 1994; Mexican factories: David Korten, When Corporations Rule the World, 1995; AT&T: World Trade, March 1997; Disney: New York Times, April 16, 1994; economic units: Robin Broad and John Cavanagh, quoted in World Watch, March/April 1997; elephant: "The Price of Habitat" in this issue.