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The impact of micro-credit and poverty: evidence from Bangladesh

Chowdhury, M. and Ghosh, D. and Wright, R.E. (2005) The impact of micro-credit and poverty: evidence from Bangladesh. Progress in Development Studies, 5 (4). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1464-9934

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Abstract

This paper examines empirically the impact of micro-credit on poverty in Bangladesh. Unlike previous studies, the focus is on both objective and subjective poverty and particular attention is paid to the length of time programme participants have had access to micro-credit. A household-level survey (N = 954) was carried out, collecting information about micro-credit recipients from Grameen Bank, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee and the Association of Social Advancement. Our two main findings are, first, micro-credit is associated with both lower objective and subjective poverty and, secondly, the impact of micro-credit on poverty is particularly strong for about six years with some levelling off after that point.

Item type: Article
ID code: 6924
Keywords: asia, bangladesh, micro-credit, poverty, econometrics, economys, Finance, Economic Theory, Asia, Development
Subjects: Social Sciences > Finance
Social Sciences > Economic Theory
History General and Old World > Asia
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Economics
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    Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2008
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 16:24
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/6924

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