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Household Welfare Effects of ROSCAs

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  • Pushkar Maitra

    (Department of Economics, Monash University)

  • Ray Miller

    (Department of Economics, Colorado State University)

  • Ashish Sedai

    (Department of Economics, College of Business, University of Texas at Arlington)

Abstract

We examine the effects of Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCAs) on house- hold welfare in India. The identification strategy is based on household fixed effects and instrumental variables (using the geographic leave-one-out instrument). We find that ROSCA membership increases household assets, consumption, energy efficiency and school expenditure, but only in rural areas. Welfare effects are stronger for poorer households and for those living in communities with stronger social ties. We argue that the persistence and success of ROSCAs depends on social ties, which are often stronger in rural communities.

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  • Pushkar Maitra & Ray Miller & Ashish Sedai, 2022. "Household Welfare Effects of ROSCAs," Monash Economics Working Papers 2022-14, Monash University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:mos:moswps:2022-14
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    Keywords

    ROSCA; Household Welfare; Community Bonding;
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    JEL classification:

    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • C26 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Instrumental Variables (IV) Estimation
    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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