Do migrant remittances affect household spending? Focus on wedding expenditures

Jakhongir Kakhkharov, Muzaffarjon Ahunov

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We use nationally representative survey data and propensity score matching to investigate the impact of remittances from labor migrants on households’ wedding expenditures. The investigation provides evidence that remittance-receiving households spend a smaller share of their budget on wedding ceremonies. Since lavish wedding ceremonies serve the purpose of increasing households' social status through conspicuous displays of wealth, the study concludes that remittance-recipient households are less likely to be engaged in conspicuous consumption than are households that do not receive remittances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)979-1028
Number of pages50
JournalEmpirical Economics
Issue number2
Early online date13 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


  • Migration
  • Remittances
  • Household expenditures
  • Wedding expenditures


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