Re: Average Hours Worked

Subject: Re: Average Hours Worked
From: "John Fleming" <johntwrl -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 00:21:22 +0000

On Tue, 30 Jul 2002 09:35:51 -0600, while chained to a desk in the scriptorium, richard -dot- combs -at- voyanttech -dot- com ("Richard G. Combs") wrote:

$Richard Pineger <no -dot- spam -dot- please -at- totalise -dot- co -dot- uk> wrote:
$| France introduced the 35 hour working week. Germany has had it for some
$| The average worker at Volkswagen works 28.8 hours each week. These
$| are more productive in Gross Domestic Product GDP per head than the USA (I
$| read it in an article in the Guardian so I can't actually back it up).
$Nonsense. They're not even close. There are countless ways to measure per
$capita income or output, so the rankings tend to vary depending on the
$method you choose (Luxembourg often has the top GDP per capita, but that's
$skewed by the scarcity of capitas in Luxembourg <g>). But, typically, the
$USA is in the top two or three. Germany, France, and England are lucky to
$crack the top 20.

You're right.

I did a short study on GDP per capita recently, taking my data from the most recent edition of the CIA "World Factbook".

The "World Factbook" gives GDP based on purchasing power parity methods.

In the ranking, the US was number two, just behind Luxembourg.

The complete top ten (with US dollar equivalent GDP per capita) are:

Luxembourg ($36,400)
United States ($36,200)
Bermuda ($33,000)
San Marino ($32,000)
Switzerland ($28,600)
Aruba ($28,000)
Norway ($27,700)
Monaco ($27,000)
Singapore ($26,500)
Denmark ($25,500)

John Fleming
Technical Writer and SAS Programmer
Edmonton, Canada

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