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The Village Fund Loan: Who Gets It, Keeps It and Loses It?

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  • Kislat, Carmen
  • Menkhoff, Lukas

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The village funds programme in Thailand is one of the biggest microfinance programmes in the world aiming at improving access to finance and income in rural areas. Earlier studies indicate that the programme is successful in realising its ambitions to some degree. We extend this work by analysing a second wave of a household survey and find that village fund borrowers are consistently characterised by a lower economic status; accordingly village fund loan are an important lifeline to those households. However, we cannot identify any significant substitution between village fund loans and other loans, raising doubts about the long-run impact of the village fund programme.

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  • Kislat, Carmen & Menkhoff, Lukas, 2012. "The Village Fund Loan: Who Gets It, Keeps It and Loses It?," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-490, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
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    1. Boonperm, Jirawan & Haughton, Jonathan & Khandker, Shahidur R., 2013. "Does the Village Fund matter in Thailand? Evaluating the impact on incomes and spending," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 3-16.

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    Keywords

    rural finance; informal financial institutions; microfinance; Thailand;

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    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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