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Female Empowerment: Impact of a Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines

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  • Karlan, Dean S.
  • Ashraf, Nava
  • Yin, Wesley

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Female "empowerment" has increasingly become a policy goal, both as an end to itself and as a means to achieving other development goals. Microfinance in particular has often been argued, but not without controversy, to be a tool for empowering women. Here, using a randomized controlled trial, we examine whether access to an individually-held commitment savings product leads to an increase in female decision-making power within the household. We find positive impacts, particularly for women who have below median decision-making power in the baseline, and we find this leads to a shift towards female-oriented durables goods purchased in the household.

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  • Karlan, Dean S. & Ashraf, Nava & Yin, Wesley, 2006. "Female Empowerment: Impact of a Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines," Center Discussion Papers 28380, Yale University, Economic Growth Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:yaleeg:28380
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.28380
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    1. Moser, Christian & Olea de Souza e Silva, Pedro, 2019. "Optimal Paternalistic Savings Policies," Working Papers 17, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute.
    2. Ranjula Bali Swain & Fan Yang Wallentin, 2012. "Factors empowering women in Indian self-help group programs," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(4), pages 425-444, April.
    3. Ranjula Bali Swain & Fan Yang Wallentin, 2009. "Does microfinance empower women? Evidence from self-help groups in India," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(5), pages 541-556.
    4. repec:taf:rjapxx:v:14:y:2009:i:3:p:287-303 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Duvendack, Maren, 2010. "Smoke and Mirrors: Evidence of Microfinance Impact from an Evaluation of SEWA Bank in India," MPRA Paper 24511, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. B, Ranjula & Wallentin, Fan Yang, 2008. "Economic or Non-Economic Factors – What Empowers Women?," Working Paper Series 2008:11, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.

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