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An asset approach to increasing perceived household economic stability among families in Uganda


  • Chowa, Gina A.N.
  • Elliott III, William


In this study, we examine whether participating in an asset building intervention leads to higher perceived household economic stability among a group of Ugandans. After controlling for possible selection bias using propensity score matching, perceived household economic stability is tested using difference-in-differences. Results suggest that participating in the asset intervention has a statistically significant positive effect on the treatment group's perceived household economic stability. Policy and research implications are discussed.

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  • Chowa, Gina A.N. & Elliott III, William, 2011. "An asset approach to increasing perceived household economic stability among families in Uganda," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 81-87, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:40:y:2011:i:1:p:81-87

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    1. Peralta, Maria Alexandra & Swinton, Scott M. & Maredia, Mywish K., 2011. "Accounting for selection bias in impact analysis of a rural development program: An application using propensity score matching," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126398, International Association of Agricultural Economists.


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