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Gender empowerment in microfinance

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  • Armendáriz, Beatriz
  • Roome, Nigiel

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In this paper we argue that the promotion of women in microfinance initiatives and the bias against men is taking place in the absence of solid empirical evidence on the effects of this approach in the balance of powers in households and on the health, education and well-being of all household members. We hold these to be key aspects of development. We further argue that this issue deserves further empirical attention given the possibility of unforeseen outcomes that run counter to the goal to encourage microfinance to promote women empowerment and economic development.

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  • Armendáriz, Beatriz & Roome, Nigiel, 2008. "Gender empowerment in microfinance," MPRA Paper 31040, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:31040
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    1. Hirschman, Albert O., 1985. "Against Parsimony: Three Easy Ways of Complicating some Categories of Economic Discourse," Economics and Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, vol. 1(01), pages 7-21, April.
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    1. Meier zu Selhausen, Felix, 2016. "Women's empowerment in Uganda: colonial roots and contemporary efforts, 1894-2012," Economics PhD Theses 0715, Department of Economics, University of Sussex.
    2. World Bank, 2012. "A Gender (R)evolution in the Making? Expanding Women's Economic Opportunities in Central America : A Decade in Review," World Bank Other Operational Studies 12468, The World Bank.

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    Keywords

    Microfinance; Gender; Frictions; Women Empowerment;

    JEL classification:

    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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