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Longer-term economic impacts of self-help groups in india

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  • Deininger, Klaus
  • Liu, Yanyan

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Despite the popularity and unique nature of women's self-help groups in India, evidence of their economic impacts is scant. Based on two rounds of a 2,400 household panel, the authors use double differences, propensity score matching, and pipeline comparison to assess economic impacts of longer (2.5-3 years) exposure of a program that promoted and strengthened self-help programs in Andhra Pradesh in India. The analysis finds that longer program exposure has positive impacts on consumption, nutritional intake, and asset accumulation. Investigating heterogeneity of the impacts suggests that even the poorest households were able to benefit from the program. Furthermore, overall benefits would exceed program cost by a significant margin even under conservative assumptions.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4886.

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Date of creation: 01 Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4886

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Keywords: Access to Finance; Rural Poverty Reduction; Poverty Monitoring&Analysis; Debt Markets;

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  1. De Hoop, Thomas & Van Kempen, Luuk & Linssen, Rik & Van Eerdewijk, Anouka, 2010. "Women's Autonomy and Subjective Well-Being in India: How Village Norms Shape the Impact of Self-Help Groups," MPRA Paper 25921, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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