The Economist Intelligence Unit’s semiannual survey of prices in the world’s major metropolises helps managers understand the costs of living overseas so they can devise appropriate relocation and compensation packages for expatriate employees. The survey reports real prices that residents in 140 cities across 93 countries pay for food, transport, clothing and other daily essentials, as well as for discretionary items, such as entertainment. A US dollar-pegged index enables city-to-city comparisons and ranks places from the most expensive to the least. getAbstract recommends this succinct but illuminating overview of the survey’s results to human resources professionals and to current and future expatriate executives.
In this summary, you will learn
- Which cities rank as the world’s most and least expensive, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit survey;
- Why Singapore is the globe’s costliest place to live; and
- How economic downturns and upswings have shifted the relative positions of cities on the survey.
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