Zenab Tavakoli

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    Zenab joined AIRINC in 2013 as a surveyor, and later research coordinator. As part of the research team, she traveled to over 70 countries. In 2021, she transitioned into the role of data analyst. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and French from Harvard College. Zenab speaks English, French, and Spanish, as well as some German, Norwegian, and Italian. She is based in Cambridge, MA.

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    Losses and Gains in Foreign Exchange: An update on global currency - February 2021

    Feb 26, 2021 @ 11:55 AM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    2021 continues to be tumultuous for the global economy, as impacts of conditions throughout the year come due, and new issues emerge to impact markets. Below find our summaries of some of the month’s biggest changes in foreign exchange.

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    What currencies are experiencing the most volatility in 2021?

    Jan 28, 2021 @ 06:45 AM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    2020 proved to be a year of unprecedented social, political, and economic turbulence. Though the onset of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and the change of Administration in U.S. have inspired some hope that a return to “normal” life is possible in the foreseeable future, many markets remain turbulent.

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    A Cautious Hopefulness Prior to the COVID-19 Outbreak: My Cost-of-Living Survey in Brazil

    Jun 16, 2020 @ 05:45 AM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    Before my trip to Brazil, I heard both positive and negative impressions of the country. Since it was my first time visiting, I was interested to see which kind of experience I’d have. It ended up being a bit of both.

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    Urban Flooding during Survey in South America

    May 27, 2020 @ 07:55 AM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    While South American countries have a wet season, the duration and severity vary. Knowing this and having traveled extensively throughout the continent, my February survey delivered some unique experiences. I encountered urban flooding in both Brazil and Paraguay and in both instances the flooding occurred subsequent to a relatively short period of rainfall. Both times also seemed to be a failure of infrastructure more than anything else.

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    Expatriate Transportation: An on-site cost of living survey in Mexico

    Jun 05, 2018 @ 02:45 PM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    During the February quarter, I surveyed three Mexican cities – Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, and Mexico City. Despite my extensive travel experience after five years as a cost of living surveyor, and many more traveling as a private citizen, this was my first visit to Mexico.

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    The Exclave on the Baltic: Kaliningrad, Russia

    Jul 13, 2016 @ 06:30 AM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    During my recent survey, I had the opportunity to spend a research day-trip in Kaliningrad, the non-contiguous Russian exclave wedged along the Baltic Sea.

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    Discover Quito! An AIRINC On-site Cost of Living Survey (video)

    Jun 02, 2016 @ 01:09 PM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    Quito, Ecuador is one of the many cities where AIRINC conducts surveys for cost of living data.

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    Surveyor Spotlight: Training and Learning on the Road in Central America

    May 05, 2016 @ 12:52 PM / by Zenab Tavakoli

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    One of the biggest difficulties to survey is often the language barrier. Manarti is a veritable polyglot, speaking seven languages

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