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Measuring the Impact of Microfinance on Child Health Outcomes in Indonesia

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  • Stephen B. DeLoach

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    (Department of Economics, Elon University)

  • Erika Lamanna

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    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

Abstract

Microfinance has become a staple of modern development policy as a means to facilitate anything from gender equality to growth. It can facilitate the sharing of health-related information among parents, promote the bargaining power of women in the household, aid in the development of important health-related infrastructure, and help households smooth consumption in the wake of unexpected economic shocks. Using data from the Indonesian Family Life Survey (1993-2000), we find that the presence of microfinance institutions in communities significantly improves the health of children.

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Paper provided by Elon University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009-02.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Handle: RePEc:elo:wpaper:2009-02

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Keywords: Microfinance; child health; nutrition; Indonesia;

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Cited by:
  1. Heriyaldi & Arief Anshory Yusuf, 2013. "Does Micro Finance Institution Improve Welfare? A Double Difference Analysis of Indonesian Community-level Data," Working Papers in Economics and Development Studies (WoPEDS), Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University 201307, Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University, revised Mar 2013.
  2. Kunal Sen, . "Towards Inclusive Financial Development for Achieving the MDGs in Asia and the Pacific," MPDD Working Paper Series WP/10/07, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
  3. You, Jing, 2013. "The role of microcredit in older children’s nutrition: Quasi-experimental evidence from rural China," Food Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 167-179.

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