Expat spending

The Roving Bandit makes a case for greater focus on exploring the connection between tourism and poverty reduction. It would be interesting to also compute what expat aid workers/researchers (like me) and volunteers pump in to local economies (rent, food, drinks, transport etc – especially the mark-ups we pay on what we consume here). Salaries, minus remittances individuals send home (and student loan repayments) could be an interesting number!

As for me – in Accra, I spend about $1000 every month. Sure, I do have a greater footprint and probably also inflict a  massive collateral expat-damage, but that’s a minor detail…


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