Squandering Remittances Income in Conspicuous Consumption?

Jakhongir Kakhkharov, Muzaffarjon Ahunov

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We investigate the impact of remittances from labour migrants on household expenditures in Uzbekistan by comparing mean expenditures and using unique, nationally representative survey data. The results provide evidence that remittance-receiving households spend more on wedding ceremonies, gifts, and non-food expenditures. Most of these expenditures have the purpose of increasing the households’ social status, so they could be classified as manifestations of conspicuous consumption in order to display wealth and income, rather than to cover the consumer’s investment needs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication30 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Subtitle of host publicationTurns and Twists in Economies, Politics, and Societies in the Post-Communist Countries
EditorsAlexandr Akimov, Gennadi Kazakevitch
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-0317-7
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-0316-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Economic History
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2662-6497
ISSN (Electronic)2662-6500


  • remittances
  • labour migrants
  • social status
  • wealth
  • income
  • investment


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