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Credit access and life satisfaction: evaluating the non monetary effects of micro finance

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  • Becchetti, Leonardo

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    (Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit)

  • Conzo, Pierluigi

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    (Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit)

Abstract

Microfinance institutions are used to claim that their impact goes beyond money since rescuing from exclusion uncollateralized poor borrowers significantly affects their dignity, self-esteem, social recognition and, through it, life satisfaction. Our paper aims to verify the validity of this claim by evaluating whether access to microfinance loans has significant direct impact on life satisfaction beyond its indirect impact via income changes. Empirical findings on a sample of poor borrowers in the suburbs of Buenos Aires show that, after controlling for survivorship, selection and interview bias, the number of credit cycles has a significant and positive effect on life satisfaction.

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Paper provided by Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit in its series AICCON Working Papers with number 73-2010.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 07 Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ris:aiccon:2010_073

Note: Reference authors: leonardo.becchetti@uniroma2.it pierluigi.conzo@uniroma2.it
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Keywords: microfinance; happiness; impact study;

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  1. Agbodji, Akoete Ega & Batana, Yele Maweki & Ouedraogo, Denis, 2013. "Gender inequality in multidimensional welfare deprivation in west Africa : the case of Burkina Faso and Togo," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6522, The World Bank.
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