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Medium and Long-Term Participation in Microfinance: An Evaluation Using a New Panel Dataset from Bangladesh

  • Asadul Islam
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    The objective of this paper is to estimate the impacts of medium and long term participation in microfinance programs. It utilises a new, large and unique panel dataset collected from treatment and control households from 1997 to 2005. The data enables us to identify continuing participants in the program as well as newcomers and leavers. We employ different estimation strategies including triple-difference and propensity score matching methods to control for selection bias. The impact estimates indicate that the benefits from microfinance vary more than proportionately with the duration of participation in a program. Larger benefits are realized from longer-term participation, and that the benefits continue to accrue beyond departure from the program. The findings indicate the need to observe longer periods of participation to provide a reliable basis for assessing the effectiveness of microfinance lending.

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    Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Monash Economics Working Papers with number 02-10.

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    Length: 36 pages
    Date of creation: May 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:mos:moswps:2010-02
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