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Working PaperAccess to microfinance and female labour force participation
Although microfinance started as a movement to improve women’s economic well-being through increased female entrepreneurship in particular, its impact on women’s attitudes toward and participation in the labour market is not fully underst...Microfinance female entrepreneurship Wellbeing
Journal ArticleImproving Financial Inclusion through the Delivery of Cash Transfer Programmes: The Case of Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera Programme
This paper follows a quasi-experimental research design to assess the impact of the electronic payment system of Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera (POP) programme...Mathematical models (Economic development) Microeconomics Microfinance
Book ChapterCareer dynamics and gender gaps among employees in the microfinance sector
From the book: Towards Gender Equity in DevelopmentGender gap Job mobility Promotion
Working PaperPoverty and wellbeing impacts of microfinance: What do we know?
Over the last 35 years, microfinance has been generally regarded as an effective policy tool in the fight against poverty. Yet, the question of whether access to credit leads to poverty reduction and improved wellbeing remains open...Microfinance Poverty Wellbeing
Working PaperCareer dynamics and gender gaps among employees in the microfinance sector
While microfinance institutions (MFIs) are increasingly important as employers in the developing world, there is little micro-level evidence on gender differences among MFI employees and MFIs’ relation to economic development...Gender gap Job mobility Promotion
Working PaperLoyalty, trust, and glass ceiling: The gender effect on microcredit renewal
Whereas most research into microfinance tends to focus on the impact of access to such services, very little pays attention to what happens over time once a person becomes a client...Gender Microfinance Inequality
Working PaperSocial Service Delivery and Access to Financial Innovation: The Impact of Oportunidades’ Electronic Payment System in Mexico
This paper follows a quasi-experimental research design to assess the impact of the electronic payment system of Mexico’s Oportunidades programme...Mathematical models (Economic development) Microeconomics Microfinance
Research BriefA Systematic Review of the Impact of Microfinance on Poverty
Microfinance evaluations reveal a positive impact on per capita income, non-land asset value and poverty incidence...Microfinance Poverty Women
Journal ArticleMicrocredit, Labor, and Poverty Impacts in Urban Mexico
Improved household accessibility to credit is a significant determinant of intra-household allocation of labor resources with important implications for productivity, income, and poverty status...Microfinance Poverty Finance (Urban economics)
SeminarEvaluating the impact of training in a national microfinance program: Self help groups in India
Presented by: Dr Ranjula Bali Swain (Department of Economics, Uppsala University). Abstract This paper evaluates the impact of widespread training programs provided by the Self Help Group (SHG) program. Indian SHGs are mainly NGO-formed microfinance...
BlogFrom The Editor's Desk (October 2012)
Tony Addison UNU-WIDER is having a very active and successful autumn. Our climate change and development policy conference at the end of September attracted over 150 researchers and policy makers from across the world...Economic development Elite (Social sciences) Equality and inequality
BlogJobs are Development
Carl-Gustav Lindén One important part of ReCom–Research and Communication on Foreign Aid is the sharing of results...Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development projects Structural adjustment (Economic policy)
BlogMicrocredit and Poverty Alleviation: Can Microcredit Close the Deal?
M.G. Quibria In the wake of the worst famine of Bangladesh of the post-World War era Professor Muhammad Yunus launched a microcredit experiment in 1976 to assist a group of poor, highly indebted households, in Chittagong, Bangladesh...Economic development Households Income
BlogFrom the Editor’s Desk (September 2012)
Tony Addison Mid-September finds UNU-WIDER very busy preparing for our big conference on climate change and development policy that takes place later this month, as well as our WIDER Annual Lecture by Lant Pritchett of Harvard University (you can als...Air pollution Agricultural innovations Agriculture
Working PaperMicrocredit and Poverty Alleviation: Can Microcredit Close the Deal?
This paper explores the relationship between microcredit and poverty reduction. To investigate this question, we posit a bare-bone, household model that outlines the economic environment within which various types of family microenterprises operate...Households Labour market Microfinance
Working PaperDoes an Educated Mind Take the Broader View? A Field Experiment on In-group Favouritism among Microcredit Clients
A number of studies document an in-group bias in social dilemma situations. While group structure and dynamics are important in shaping in-group favouritism, less attention has been paid to individual characteristics affecting favouritism...Education Group decision making Microfinance