Low-income families in Albania spend more on entertainment and restaurants than on education
Poor families who make up the bottom 20 percent of their monthly income spend more money on entertainment, restaurants and hotels than on education. This is shown by Instat data, published in Monitor.
According to the INSTAT survey on the structure of monthly expenditures in Albanian households in 2019. Education remains the most underestimated.
Official data show that poor households spend only 0.2% of their monthly budget on educational attainment, while spending on entertainment, restaurants and hotels accounts for 3.2% of their monthly budget. Expenditures for these services are seen to be 16 times higher than those for education.
Among other things, Monitor shows that more than half of the total monthly expenses go to this group of families for the purchase of food, to which they dedicate 53.8 percent of the total expenses. Food consumption in this group is at least 13 percent higher than the overall average.
After meals, the mostly rented apartment takes up most of the budget of poor families. 17.5 percent of monthly expenses go mainly to renting the apartment and another 4.8 percent go to furnishing and maintaining the house.
The spending structure in poor households is low on education, health and clothing. Only 3.3 percent of their spending goes to health. The poor are seen to have a focus on spending more on goods and services that do not provide them with sustainable development.
Expenditures on such non-essential goods, such as alcohol, tobacco, entertainment and restaurants, outweigh the expenditures they incur on education and health care.