Funeral expenditure

Arhin, K. 1994

‘The economic implications of transformations in Akan funeral rites’, Africa, 64:3, 307-322.

Audebrand, L., & Barros, M. 2018

‘All equal in death? Fighting inequality in the contemporary funeral industry’, Organization Studies, 39:9, 1323-1343.

Ba-an, M., Segbefia, S., Chinwe, C. & Adansi, J. 2022

‘Examining the factors influencing changes in traditional funeral rituals among Frafra subgroupings in Northern Ghana’, International Journal of Research and Scholarly Communication 5:1, 9-21.

Bähre, C. 2007

‘Reluctant solidarity: death, urban poverty and neighbourly assistance in South Africa’, Ethnography, 8:1, 33-59.

Banks, D. 1998

‘The economics of death? A descriptive study of the impact of the funeral on cremation costs on US households’, Death Studies, 22: 3, 269-85.

Bennett, D. 1994

‘Bury me in second class: contested symbols in a Greek cemetery’, Anthropological Quarterly, 67:3, 122-34.

Boge, F. 2023

‘Iwolefu funeral insurance and the socioeconomics of burial ceremony in Ikorodu area of Lagos state’, Yoruba Studies Review, 8:1, 183-203.

Canofari, P., Marini, G. & Scaramozzino, P. 2017

‘The importance of being remembered: prices for coffin plots in the US’, Economic Modelling, 64, 638-45

Case, A., Garrib, A., Menendez, A. & Olgiati, A. 2013

‘Paying the piper: the high cost of funerals in South Africa’, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 61:1, 1-20.

de Witte, M. 2003

‘Money and death: funeral business in Asante, Ghana’, Africa, 73:4, 531-559.

Dei, G. 1989

‘The economics of death and funeral celebration in a Ghanaian Akan Community’, Culture, 9:2, 49–62.

Dercon, S., De Weerdt, J. Bold, T. & Pankhurst, A. 2006

‘Group-based funeral insurance in Ethiopia and Tanzania’, World Development, 34:4, 685-703.

Fan, J. & Zick, C. 2004

‘The economic burden of health care, funeral and burial expenditures at the end of life’, Journal of Consumer Affairs, 38: 1, 35-55.

Haneman, V. 2021

‘Funeral poverty’, University of Richmond Law Review, 55, 387-445.

Jašarević, L. 2012

‘Grave matters and the good life: on a finite economy in Bosnia’, The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, 30:1, 25-39.

Ogbuagu, S. 1989

‘The changing perception of death and burial: a look at the Nigerian obituaries’, Anthropologica, 85-101.

Richardson, R. 1988

The nest-egg and the funeral – fear of death on the parish among the elderly’, in A.Gilmore & S.Gilmore (eds) A Safer Death: Multidisciplinary Aspects of Terminal Care, London: Plenum Press, 53-57.

Sadigov, T. 2021

Death beyond the means: funeral overspending and its government regulation around the world’, Rationality and Society, 33:3, 363-398.

Vave, R., Burnett, K. & Friedlander, A. 2023

‘Balancing culture and survival: an urban-rural socioeconomic assessment of indigenous Fijian funerals in Fiji’, World Development Sustainability, 100063.

Whitley, S.C., Garcia-Rada, X., Bardhi, F. & 2 others 2022

‘Relational spending in funerals: caring for others loved and lost’, Journal of Consumer Psychology, 32:2, 211-231.


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