Are International Migrants Conspicuous Consumers? Evidence from Pakistan Migration (W-15)

Are International Migrants Conspicuous Consumers? Evidence from Pakistan Migration (W-15)

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  • Sunday | 15 Aug, 1993
  • Nadeem Illahi
  • Working Papers
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Abstract International migrant outlays on consumer goods are usually seen as excessive and conspicuous.  This paper argues that a part of the expenditures is payment for services arranged through informal contracts.  It is shown that migrants bring consumer goods to compensate extended relatives for credit and other non-financial services they provide to the migrant and his immediate family.