The impact of the holiday season on our consumer economy can hardly be overstated. In addition to elevated black Friday and other seasonal shopping, we might expect Santa Claus to be a major economic force. In that spirit, researchers have put together some interesting statistics on what Santa’s operations, were they structured as a multinational corporation, might look like. Based on his job’s description of pilot and industrial manager, estimates Santa would make a salary of $139,924. (If Santa were classified as CEO, that number would likely be much higher.) NPR’s Planet Money crunched the numbers to determine the elven workforce necessary if Santa operated like UPS or FedEx. It turns out he would need 12 million employees. They put together this graphic, laying out the size of various departments of “Santa, Inc.” My favorite department: Human (Elf) Resources.

Anyways, happy holidays everyone!

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