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The Returns to Microenterprise Support Among the Ultra-Poor: A Field Experiment in Post-War Uganda

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  • Christopher Blattman
  • Eric P. Green
  • Julian C. Jamison
  • M. Christian Lehmann
  • Jeannie Annan

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We show that extremely poor, war-affected women in northern Uganda have high returns to a package of $150 cash, five days of business skills training, and ongoing supervision. 16 months after grants, participants doubled their microenterprise ownership and incomes, mainly from petty trading. We also show these ultrapoor have too little social capital, but that group bonds, informal insurance, and cooperative activities could be induced and had positive returns. When the control group received cash and training 20 months later, we varied supervision, which represented half of the program costs. A year later, supervision increased business survival but not consumption.

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  • Christopher Blattman & Eric P. Green & Julian C. Jamison & M. Christian Lehmann & Jeannie Annan, 2015. "The Returns to Microenterprise Support Among the Ultra-Poor: A Field Experiment in Post-War Uganda," NBER Working Papers 21310, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    JEL classification:

    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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