Why is the Cost of Living in International Locations So High when Compared with U.S. Cities?

by Marillyn Tefft, Senior Researcher 22. August 2012 10:03

Our Relocation Assessor provides cost-of-living differentials based on a North American management/professional lifestyle in both the home and host location. The traditional international expat lifestyle has typically encompassed an even higher level of perks than what is common in North America.  Replicating this standard of living in international locations considered “inexpensive” can be surprisingly costly.  In fact, it is not unusual for total global mobility costs to be two to three times the actual salary, with cost-of-living differentials comprising a relevant percentage of these expenses.

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Cost-of-Living Index

by Marillyn Tefft, Senior Researcher 6. July 2012 15:29

ERI Economic Research Institute’s Cost-of-Living Index ranks the price of goods and services in heavily populated U.S. cities as a percentage of the U.S. National Average. 

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New ERI White Paper

by ERI Salary Surveys 26. August 2011 12:38

ERI Economic Research Institute’s recent white paper, “Cost-of-Living Data and Models: Credible? Defensible? Robust?” by Marillyn Tefft, ERI Relocation Assessor Product Manager, is available for download.

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