IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Evaluation of the Impact of Village Savings and Loan Associations Using a Novel Survey Instrument

  • Conner Brannen


    (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, 30 Wadsworth St, E53-320)

  • Damien Sheehan-Connor


    (Department of Economics, Wesleyan University)

Formal microfinance institutions have been an important tool in the fight against poverty in developing countries, but their reach is necessarily limited. Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) are an alternative, informal mechanism for saving and borrowing that do not require external capital or ongoing financial or administrative support from a founding organization. This paper evaluates the impact of VSLAs on their members and finds that long-term members fare better along multiple economic, nutritional, and health dimensions compared to a control group of recent joiners.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by Wesleyan University, Department of Economics in its series Wesleyan Economics Working Papers with number 2012-003.

in new window

Length: 57 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2012
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2012-003
Contact details of provider: Postal: PAC 123, 238 Church Street, Middletown, CT 06459-0007
Phone: (860)685-2340
Fax: (860)685-2781
Web page:

More information through EDIRC

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2012-003. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Manolis Kaparakis)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.