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The Cost of Living - It's Not Just About the Cost of Housing

Sep 13, 2019 @ 10:09 AM / by Gerald Abbey

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2019 CERC Conference in Niagara Falls ON, Canada

'The Cost of Living - It's Not Just About the Cost of Housing'

The upcoming 2019 CERC Conference will be held in Niagara Falls ON, Canada starting this Sunday. AIRINC is excited to participate in this great event and AIRINC Senior Director Jessica Caligan will be giving a presentation with Runzheimer and Weichert entitled, The Cost of Living - It's Not Just About the Cost of Housing.


Session Description

A common misunderstanding when moving a transferee to a location with higher housing costs is that they will focus exclusively on the cost of housing and subsequently misinterpret this as the difference in the cost of living.

Although housing costs may be double or even triple in the new location, other key factors that make up the total annual costs to live in the new location must be considered. Depending on the type of assignment, these costs range from income taxes, social security taxes, utilities, transportation and other living costs. It is only after incorporating all expenditures that the overall cost of living differential between locations can be determined.

This session will use actual examples for domestic, cross-border, and international relocations to compare what components are included and how the cost of living is determined.


Time and Location

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon Sep 16, 2019
Strategy Room #2



To join this educational upcoming event, register for the Global Workforce Symposium 2019, 15-17 September 2019 in Niagara Falls ON, Canada:




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Topics: Mobility Policy, Global mobility, Mobility trends, Events, CERC

Gerald Abbey

Written by Gerald Abbey

Gerry currently fills a dual role as a manager of expatriate housing within AIRINC’s Data and Analysis Department and as Social Media Marketing Manager. As a member of the housing team since 2009, Gerry helps train cost of living surveyors in international housing data collection and analysis methodology, and also assists in the quarterly release of housing and utility data for over 500 locations. Due to the ever changing mobility needs of AIRINC’s clients, Gerry is also working with a product development team to enhance AIRINC’s housing tools to better service our clients’ needs. As the managing editor for content, style, and publication of AIRINC’s blog, Gerry is able to cross-connect his wealth of data experience into valuable content for our global professional following. Before joining AIRINC, Gerry spent two years living as an expatriate in Southeast Asia on a Fulbright Scholarship, teaching and researching international instructional methodology.