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Assessing the Welfare Effects of Microfinance in Vietnam: Empirical Results from a Quasi-Experimental Survey


  • Son Nghiem
  • Tim Coelli
  • Prasada Rao


This article analyses the effects of NGO microfinance programmes on household welfare in Vietnam. Data on 470 households across 25 villages were collected using a quasi-experimental survey approach to overcome any self-selection bias. The sample was designed so that member households of microfinance programmes were compared with non-member households with similar characteristics. The analysis shows no significant effects of participation in NGO microfinance on household welfare, proxied by income and consumption per adult equivalent.

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  • Son Nghiem & Tim Coelli & Prasada Rao, 2011. "Assessing the Welfare Effects of Microfinance in Vietnam: Empirical Results from a Quasi-Experimental Survey," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(5), pages 619-632, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:48:y:2012:i:5:p:619-632
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2011.638051

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    1. Tuyen, Tran Quang, 2014. "The Impact Of Farmland Loss On Income Distribution Of Households In Hanoi'S Peri-Urban Areas, Vietnam," Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, vol. 55(2), pages 189-206, December.

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