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Rosca Participation in Benin: a Commitment Issue

  • Olivier Dagnelie
  • Philippe LeMay-Boucher

In the light of first-hand data from a Beninese urban household survey in Cotonou, we investigate several motives aiming to explain participation in Rotating Savings and Credit Associations. We provide anecdotal pieces of evidence, descriptive statistics, FIML regressions and matching estimates which tend to indicate that most individuals use their participation in a rosca as a device to commit themselves to save money and to deal with self-control problems.

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Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 339.

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Date of creation: Feb 2008
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