Meleah Paull

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    Meleah joined AIRINC in 2015 as a surveyor and became an analyst in 2017. Her primary responsibilities include conducting international pricing and housing surveys and analyzing the returned data. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington and her M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. In addition to English, Meleah speaks some Italian and Slovene. She is based in Cambridge, MA.

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    You've Got Mail: Changes to international mail prices

    Jul 28, 2020 @ 07:27 AM / by Meleah Paull

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    In 2018, the United States declared its intention to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a 192-member body which regulates global mail service. The precipitating event was the growth of e-commerce and a shift for the U.S. from net sender to net receiver of international mail.

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    An Update on the Water Crisis in Cape Town

    Oct 29, 2019 @ 12:30 AM / by Meleah Paull

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    When I was visiting Cape Town during my recent survey, it was hard to believe that a water crisis had threatened the city so severely in 2017 and 2018 that city residents faced water restrictions as low as fifty liters of water per-person-per-day.

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    Currency and Payment in Zimbabwe

    Oct 10, 2019 @ 02:00 AM / by Meleah Paull

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    During the August survey of Harare, our visit found the Zimbabwean economy in a state of transition. This June, after a decade of using a mix of approaches but primarily relying on the U.S. dollar for transactions, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe announced that a new Zimbabwean dollar (ZWL), also known as the Zimdollar, was the only acceptable form of payment.

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    Economic liberalization in Myanmar: Impact on Goods and Services

    Aug 04, 2019 @ 07:15 PM / by Meleah Paull

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    Economic liberalization in Myanmar over the past decade has brought significant change to the availability of goods and services in Yangon. While expatriates once shopped on home leave or R&R trips, now Mango or Nike are available at the nearest mall.

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    Keeping Pace: Increased minimum wage in Uruguay

    Apr 18, 2019 @ 12:04 AM / by Meleah Paull

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    Cost of living vs Minimum wage: On January 1, 2019, the monthly national minimum wage increased from 13,430 Uruguayan pesos (UYU) to 15,000 UYU, an almost 12% annual increase. Similarly, the minimum wage had been raised 9.5% the previous year.

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    A Headache for Aspirin Users in South Korea

    Jan 28, 2019 @ 01:00 AM / by Meleah Paull

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    During AIRINC’s November onsite surveys in Korea, aspirin was still absent from pharmacy shelves. The 500mg tablets have not been available for purchase since December 2016, when the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety determined that the dissolution rate did not meet its standards.

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    ALERT: Turkish Lira Crisis

    Aug 15, 2018 @ 04:01 PM / by Meleah Paull

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    The Turkish lira has had a volatile year and an especially tumultuous past week. In July, the Central Bank of Turkey alarmed investors by keeping interest rates steady even as CPI annual inflation rose to double digits.

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    How do you navigate costs in one of the most expensive cities in the world?

    Jul 30, 2018 @ 04:15 AM / by Meleah Paull

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    Geneva, Switzerland Best known for its banking sector and the numerous international organizations headquartered there, Geneva is also regularly cited as one of the most expensive cities in the world.

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    How are volatile global commodity prices impacting Middle East economies?

    May 01, 2018 @ 01:58 PM / by Meleah Paull

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    Countries that rely heavily on oil resources to drive prosperity have long understood the challenge of government funding amid volatile global commodity prices.

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    India GST: Reactions still mixed six months later

    Jan 10, 2018 @ 07:15 AM / by Meleah Paull

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    The “one nation, one tax” (India GST) policy was intended to make trade among India’s twenty-nine states and seven union territories easier and faster.

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