Open data for everyone

You've read the stories. You've analyzed the data in-depth on our data explorer. But maybe even that plunge into Prices and Earnings wasn't enough for you. Perhaps you want to dive deeper – for academic or research reasons, or just because you really have a thing for data. If so, we have just what the doctor ordered: all the raw numbers from our first edition in 1971 up to this year's – available free to everyone!

Since our original publication the selection of cities we've included has increased from 31 to 77. Our basket of goods has expanded to become more aligned to consumer habits, and the number of professions we monitor has multiplied threefold, from five to 15. Nonetheless, many of the cities, items and professions included have remained consistent over the various editions: from the gross earnings figures of primary school teachers to the prices of restaurants and hotels in cities such as London, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro that have been collected.

This survey offers a unique set of data, ready for you to explore: For example, did you know that the cost of food in Zurich has increased by over 160% since 1976? And that the gross income of a bus driver in Johannesburg was almost double that of one in Athens in 1970? UBS is opening the data to all interested, and is calling for your help!

If you discover any interesting results from our data, be it an underlying pattern, an innovative graphic, or even something that we got entirely wrong, please contact us at or message our Chief Investment Officer Mark Haefele via @UBS_CIO.


The data provided herein (the "Data") was first published by the UBS Chief Investment Office Wealth Management Research department of UBS AG and/or its subsidiaries and/or its affiliates ("UBS") in UBS Prices and Earnings reports, published between 1971 and 2018 and is made available for distribution only as permitted by applicable law. The Data is published solely for informational purposes and has not been prepared with regard to any specific investment objectives, financial situations or particular needs of any specific recipient. The Data was derived based on numerous assumptions and different assumptions could result in materially different results. The products, services and/or information contained herein may not be available for residents of certain jurisdictions. The Data was obtained from sources believed to be reliable and in good faith, and no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made or provided as to the accuracy or completeness of the Data. All Data is provided as of the date published and is subject to change without notice. Neither UBS nor any of their directors, officers, employees or agents accept any liability for any loss or damage arising out of the use of or reliance on all or any part of the Data. UBS specifically prohibits the redistribution or reproduction of the Data or this .xlsx file in whole or in part without the prior written permission of UBS and UBS accepts no liability whatsoever for the actions of third parties in this respect. © UBS 2018. All rights reserved.