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Banking on the poor? Branch placement and nonfarm rural development in Bangladesh

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  • Ravallion, Martin
  • Wodon, Quentin

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The authors assess whether the placement of bank branches in Bangladesh responds to unexploited potential for nonfarm rural development. They compare the branch location choicesof a large new private nonprofit bank, the famous Grameen Bank, with those of more traditional government banks. They allow for heterogeneity in household characteristics conducive to success in nonfarm activities when measuring the potential gains from switching out of farming. Farmers are both poor and poorly equipped for success at nonfarm enterprises. Even so, seemingly feasible, but unrealized gains from switching are evident. Grameen Bank is attracted to areas where those gains favor the poor. Other banks put more weight on potential gains to nonpoor.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 1858.

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Date of creation: 31 Dec 1997
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:1858

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Keywords: Banks&Banking Reform; Environmental Economics&Policies; Financial Intermediation; Economic Theory&Research; Public Health Promotion; Environmental Economics&Policies; Poverty Assessment; Livestock&Animal Husbandry; Crops&Crop Management Systems; Economic Theory&Research;

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  1. Khandker, S.R. & Khalily, B. & Khan, Z., 1995. "Grameen Bank: Performance and Sustainability," World Bank - Discussion Papers, World Bank 306, World Bank.
  2. Kimhi, Ayal, 1996. "Demographic Composition of Farm Households and Its Effect on Time Allocation," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 429-39, November.
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  1. Ryan, James G., 2002. "Agricultural Research and Poverty Alleviation: Some International Perspectives," Working Papers, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 118375, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
  2. Lanjouw, Jean O. & Lanjouw, Peter, 2001. "The rural non-farm sector: issues and evidence from developing countries," Agricultural Economics: The Journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, International Association of Agricultural Economists, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 26(1), October.
  3. Coudouel, Aline & Hentschel, Jesko & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Mesure et analyse de la pauvreté
    [Poverty Measurement and Analysis]
    ," MPRA Paper 10490, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Coudouel, Aline & Hentschel, Jesko & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Medición y análisis de la pobreza
    [Poverty Measurement and Analysis]
    ," MPRA Paper 10491, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Ajwad, Mohamed Ishan & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Who Benefits from Increased Access to Public Services at the Local Level? A Marginal Benefit Incidence Analysis for Education and Basic Infrastructure," MPRA Paper 12309, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Coudouel, Aline & Hentschel, Jesko & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Измерение И Анализ Бедности
    [Poverty Measurement and Analysis]
    ," MPRA Paper 10492, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Lanjouw, Jean O. & Lanjouw, Peter, 2001. "The rural non-farm sector: issues and evidence from developing countries," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, Blackwell, vol. 26(1), pages 1-23, October.

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