Title: Income-consumption relationship under relative income hypothesis: empirical evidence from Peshawar, Pakistan

Authors: Himayatullah Khan; Humayun Khan; Imran Sharif Chaudhary; Alena Fedorova

Addresses: Institute of Development Studies, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar-25000, Pakistan ' Institute of Development Studies, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar-25000, Pakistan ' Department of Economics, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Pakistan ' Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia

Abstract: The main objective of this research was to empirically investigate the relationship between income and consumption of farm households in District Peshawar, Pakistan. For this purpose, a household level survey was conducted in summer 2012 in two selected villages, namely Tarnab and Akbarpura. Out of the total 3,244 households, a sample of 300 households was randomly selected. The study found that household current level of income, family size, education of household head, and social status were the significant determinants contributing positively to household consumption. Only age of household head was negatively related to household consumption. The results of the study confirms that farm households follow Dusenberry's relative income hypothesis and that household consumption is not only affected by household current level of income but by the highest level of income previously attained as well as the consumption patterns of other households.

Keywords: consumption function; relative income hypothesis; farm households; Pakistan; income-consumption relationship; agriculture; farming; income level; family size; education; social status; age; household head.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEPEE.2015.073502

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, 2015 Vol.8 No.4, pp.283 - 291

Available online: 10 Dec 2015 *

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