Ok, so I think I made some of you think about the items in the post below. And since I will be travelling AGAIN (groan) and likely won't be writing for a day or so, I did want to clarify one item before anyone thinks I think it's a 'pro' that the "Minimum daily wage is less than $5 US per day". No way!
However, let's try to discover the pro. Perhaps someone wishing to move to Mexico, reading about the low pay, would think "Great! At those wages I will be able to afford a maid, a gardener, and a cook!". To that person, the low wages might be one reason they might list on their 'plus' side when deciding whether or not to move to Mexico. Mexico's low wages may offer them the opportunity to live a different lifestyle than they might in other countries where the pay is higher. A pro for them.
Personally, in more than 6 years here, I have never paid anyone $5 per day. I'm not sure I know anyone who has, either. I do know workers who were making $10 per day. I don't know how anyone survives on that pay though. One rosticeria chicken dinner costs $8. If you have a spouse and kids, how many meals will you get out of that? And that's just food. What about housing, clothing, transportation, school? How does anyone afford to live on that level of pay?
Take a look at many Mexican families. They share living space with other familiy members, and they jointly contribute to the living expenses. They open up the front of their homes to run a small business selling groceries, clothing, paper supplies, tools, mechanic repair, etc. They build another level on their house to gain space to rent to others. Would you be willing to give up the privacy of your home to do that?
How does anyone save for the future? Get preventative dental care? Pay for medication when someone is ill? Buy land? Build a home? Buy life insurance?
I tried to find out the average daily wage. One source claimed it to be around $20 per day. Another claimed it was more like $10. Obviously the wage depends on the level of education and type of work, so perhaps a general average isn't a good statistic without knowing the demographics behind it.
I'm not an economist. But for me, I would love to know that most Mexicans are really making a lot more than $5 US per day.
And that is just one woman's personal opinion on #9. This was probably my most passionate item, so the rest will just be fun to speculate about. Right? (or are you already bored and wish I would go back to posting about the antics of the pets?) :-)