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Microcredit and poverty. An overview of the principal statistical methods used to measure the program net impacts

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  • Orso, Cristina

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The purpose of this paper is to examine di¤erent econometric approaches aiming to evaluate the impact of microcredit on poverty. Starting with a brief description of microcredit and the most common kinds of statistical biases connected to these studies, I describe the principal characteristics of Non-Randomized and Randomized approaches, in order to highlight strengths and weaknesses concerning the application of such methodologies.

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Paper provided by Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS in its series POLIS Working Papers with number 154.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:uca:ucapdv:154

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Keywords: Microcredit; poverty; program impact; randomized approach; non-randomized approach.;

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