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Published Date: Aug 15, 1993
Are International Migrants Conspicuous Consumers? Evidence from Pakistan Migration (W-15)
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.