Is Consumption Pattern Homogeneous in Pakistan? Evidence from PSLM 2007-08.

Ashfaque H. Khan, Umer Khalid


This study has analysed consumption behaviour of households
across the four provinces of Pakistan using recent household survey data
of 2007-08. It is found that the consumption patterns are not entirely
homogeneous across all 4 provinces and also diverge across the
urban-rural sectors within each province. The study has also examined
the role of remittances in determining the level and distribution of
household consumption expenditures, across all four provinces, by
comparing the consumption behaviour of those households who received
remittances versus those who did not. We found that households receiving
remittances spent proportionately more on education in all provinces
except Balochistan; while they spent proportionately less on food and
drinks and transport and communication. In terms of the other
expenditure categories, differential impact of remittances is observed
across provinces.

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