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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  

12 December 2017

We discuss key findings from our latest Cost of Living Survey and what impact recent global events could have on indices.

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Has Hong Kong’s ability to attract multinationals and expatriates declined over the past 20 years?  

20 July 2017

We discuss how Hong Kong's attractiveness to multinationals and expats compares with 20 years ago and in relation to other regional competitors.

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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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