A breakthrough in women's bargaining power: the impact of microcredit
This paper attempts to test empirically whether access to micro-credit can help poor rural women to improve their bargaining power within the household. The empirical measures of women's bargaining power, or empowerment, used in this paper are underpinned by a bargaining model of the household. By using survey data on the borrowers of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and by adopting a methodology that allows for the possibility of self-selection, this study shows that targeted micro-credit can have a significantly positive effect on women's bargaining power within the household. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume (Year): 19 (2007)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
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