The first edition of Prices and Earnings came out in 1971 when electronic calculators and fax machines were just about to enter the workplace. It was a printed black-and-white brochure, covered only 31 cities and was used mainly to compare expat compensation packages.
Fast-forward to the current smartphone era and this year's study covers 77 cities and has over 75,000 data points for comparison. With research so large in scope and scale, and communication capabilities far beyond a fax machine, it was time to bring Prices and Earnings out of print and into the fully digital world.
Explore the evolution of Prices and Earnings over the past 50 years and see how the 2018 edition helps you learn more.
Although our designers can create beautiful printed reports, we know that, when it comes to this much data, it's easier to access it online. Not buried in charts and tables across multiple pages where you have to follow the line with your finger, but on the web, open-source, in responsive design that can be easily explored on desktop and mobile. That’s why we created the digital Data Explorer where you can easily access all the information.
While we have plenty of interesting stories based on city comparisons, we understand that you may be eager to compare different cities and price points for yourself. That's why you can use the tool to select any city, salary or price baskets and browse through the results. Perhaps you live in Dubai and are curious about Buenos Aires? You can now more easily compare the two.
Maybe you're surprised that chicken in Istanbul costs less than in Bangkok, or that Buenos Aires has a very expensive iPhones, or maybe you looked up Amsterdam, where you live, and London, where you're considering moving, and want to save the results – with social sharing included on every page, you can be a bit of a researcher yourself and send your findings to your friends, colleagues or yourself.
We've taken inspiration from the best data visualizations out there, from Visual Capitalist to Gapminder, to bring you this fully digital, interactive version. We hope you like the end result and find it useful.