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how y our numbers s tart c hanging and s ee that the authors are ac tually right
3. There are c ultural differenc es . Romanians are no as prone to borrowing for c ons umer goods as
the Britis h are. I lived there for 20 y ears and work ed for 4 y ears on inc ome ranging from 300015000 GBP (15k GBP as purc has ing power goes would be equivalent to 45k -50k GBP in the UK)
and I have not even had an overdraft on my ac c ount or a c redit c ard as it is not in our c ulture.
Due to is s ues with bank s in he '90 and ec onomic c ris es following '89 protes ts and the downfall of
c ommunis m with huge, mos tly ex perimental, reforms people are not trus ting of bank s and
financ ial ins titutions in eas tern europe.
4. Your figures are way off due to averaging and uniformity . W here y ou have a c ountry with s mall
fluc tuations in inc ome between areas or between urban and rural environments , that is not the
c as e for Romania. In Romania only the urban population ac tually tak es part in ec onomy and
mark et/trade. The vas t majority of the rural population lives off the land (mos t of them quite well)
and only mic ro-trading tak es plac e between farmers in the s ame village. Thes e people do no c are
about money or any thing els e we burden ours elves with, they do not emigrate unles s a foreign
agenc y c omes to rec ruit them, and they have almos t 0 inc ome ac c ording to the IMF. This is not
due to poverty , it is by c hoic e whic h link s bac k to c ulture. Therefore, c reating this average is
further from the truth than y ou c an pos s ibly imagine.
5. Do y ou really think that the argument y ou give jus tifies x enophobia, rac is m and mis treatment
bas ed on nationality ?
Rec ommend 39 Repor t Per malink Reply gue st-sjnoiw i in reply to Tudor A v ram Dec 22nd 2013, 01:22 Firs t of all, I am neither Britis h, nor Romanian; s o this polemic is of purely ac ademic interes t to
me. To judge c ountries , I have to rely on res pec table s ourc es of information (lik e IMF etc .) The
ans wer to y our 5 points :
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