Does Microcredit Reach the Poor and Vulnerable? Evidence from Northern Bangladesh
This paper evaluates whether microcredit programs such as the popular Grameen Bank reach the relatively poor and vulnerable in two Bangladeshi villages. It uses a unique panel dataset with monthly consumption and income data for 229 households before they received loans. We find that while microcredit is successful at reaching the poor, it is less successful at reaching the vulnerable, and may even exclude the vulnerable poor.
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