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Microcredit and women's empowerment in Bangladesh: a structural equation model for categorical observed variables

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  • Cristina Elisa Orso

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    (Dipartimento di Economia, Università Ca' Foscari)

  • Enrico Fabrizi

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    (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

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This paper employs the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (2004) to explore the relationship between participation in microcredit programs and women's empowerment using a structural equation model with categorical observed variables. A MCMC-based Bayesian approach is adopted for estimation. Along with participation in microcredit, we consider a variety of socio-cultural aspects as potential predictors of empowerment in the Bangladeshi context including men's perceptions about women's status. We conclude that gender community norms are strongly rooted in women's minds regardless of the partners' perceptions of women's status, and microcredit interventions may actually contribute to change gender beliefs and social attitudes.

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Paper provided by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE) in its series DISCE - Quaderni del Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali with number dises1396.

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Date of creation: Oct 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ctc:serie2:dises1396

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Keywords: Microcredit programs; Women's empowerment; Gender relations; Asia; Bangladesh; Bayesian approach.;

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