- In the typical German family the mother doesn't stay at home, but goes out to work like the man so a family income is $2P ... In India the way of life cooking, collecting water etc is so complicated that the average woman can't do a job as well so a family income is $1P ... and I expect the German's adopt practices that make them twice as efficient so their income is $4P ... And if they are using big machines which are 100 times more efficient than 1 man, then the family income is $400P.
- In the book City of Joy we see how the family end up living on the streets of Calcutta, because for generations they have been having so many children and spending money on large weddings.
- Indian eating habits mean much more work. In Nepal I observed that even the poorest women were cooking 3 times each day, and cooking with wood very inefficiently whereas I think they don't really need to cook more that 1 time each day. .
- We also see that instead of spending 50 hours today getting some water pipes today and connecting them many people choose to spend 1 hour each day into eternity collecting water.
- It is my belief that work expands to fit the time available. It's cultural practice to have the woman stay at home ; so cos she has so much time the tasks have expanded to take the time available. In Germany as both man and women have outside jobs they spend less than2 hours a day cooking and cleaning.
- Typical German family both mother and father are out working, so the money is $2P
- Typical Indian family only the father has time to work fulltime so the income is $1P. If they then have more children then the money is further subdivided.
- I think we can say that Germans adopt work practices that make them twice as efficient as the Indians.
- Spread that over a million families and the Germans have $4P million and the Indians have $1P million.
- Lets consider that the people are farmers. The Indians are generating 1Tonne of food per field and they do one field per person . The Germans would probably go to the bank and borrow $1million to buy machines and thus farm 200 fields. (possibly twice as efficiently, but then they can only crop the field once a year whereas the Indians can do 2.)
So the income of our German couple is $200P - fuel and interest payments compared to the Indian family's $1P
- I am being provocative of course the actual situation is much more complicated ... The Germans might be living on easy credit and the Indians might be having to deal with extreme weather, political problems etc .. Though I think there is an element of truth.
- We could argue that a Indian urban family coud be 7 wage earners and one mother cooking for them, but if everyone has 6 children the family of 8 will become 20 (2 +3x6) so even more mouths to feed.