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Latin America: share of salary spent on school supplies 2019, by country

In 2019, based on online prices of 27 school supplies, parents in Ecuador would spend on average 28.6 percent of their monthly salary during back-to-school season, amounting to a value of 147 U.S. dollars. In comparison, back-to-school spending in Chile represented around 10.5 percent of the monthly salary. Back-to-school season takes place in different times of the year for each Latin American country. In some countries, the use of uniforms is mandatory and implies an additional expense.

Share of monthly salary spent on school supplies in selected countries in Latin America in 2019

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Release date

February 2019



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Based on average monthly salary

Supplementary notes

Data is based on online offers in 27 countries, of which 10 are Latin American countries.
There were 27 goods considered, including a backpack, stationery supplies, art material, and sports clothing.
Only medium to low price products were considered.
Figures were converted at January 2019 exchange rates.

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