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Cost of Living


ECA's rigorous cost of living methodology has been developed over more than 40 years.  

We use a multi-source approach for collecting data, comprising a dedicated team of International Data Researchers, field research companies and expatriates working for client companies.  This ensures both extensive coverage and reliable, representative results.  

Surveys are undertaken twice-yearly and more frequently for locations experiencing high inflation.

Cost of living data is available from ECA in several forms: as part of subscription in a calculator which allows you to experiment with different types of index and review the outputs; in reports, providing background detail for specific indices; and as part of the Build-up Calculator for performing balance-sheet calculations.  Cost of living data is also pre-populated in ECAEnterprise, our Assignment Management System, and in our Net-to-Net Calculator.

  • Three index types to reflect different assignee spending patterns
  • A variety of customisable indices enables you to get the best fit for your company’s policy
  • City and country level options
  • Full background information and explanations provided, including notes on quality and availability of goods
  • Country-specific spendable data based on government expenditure surveys enable accurate COLA calculations for all family sizes and incomes

More about Cost of Living


Cost of Living Survey highlights  

19 June 2018

Following our most recent Cost of Living Survey, we have prepared an interactive map to help you understand and explain to assignees how key events...

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Getting the most from your cost of living index  

30 May 2018

With a wide range of index types and customisation options available, this article looks at how global mobility managers can make the most of their...

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  White Papers

ECA Global Perspectives - Cost of Living  

3 November 2017

This free report looks at some of the hundreds of cost of living indices published by ECA, how they are calculated and applied and the factors that...

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ECA Global Perspectives - National Salary Comparison  

12 September 2016

This free white paper provides a snapshot comparison of the relative wealth of managers in 57 countries, showing at a glance whether an individual'...

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