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Longer-term economic impacts of self-help groups in india
 
Author:Deininger, Klaus; Liu, Yanyan; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4886
Country:India; Date Stored:2009/03/30
Document Date:2009/03/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Public Administration, Law, and Justice; Agriculture, fishing, and forestry; Finance
Rel. Proj ID:1W-Land Policies For Growth And Poverty Reduction: Moving Towards -- -- P095390;Region:South Asia
Report Number:WPS4886Sub Sectors:General agriculture, fishing and forestry sector; General public administration sector; Housing finance
SubTopics:Poverty Monitoring & Analysis; Access to Finance; Rural Poverty Reduction; Debt Markets; TF No/Name:TF055157-LAND; TF090740-DANISH CTF - FY08 (DAC PART I COUNTRIES WITH A PER-CAPITA GNP OF LESS T; TF092028-GENDER; TF090736-JAPAN; TF091533-GENDER; TF091531-GENDER
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: Despite the popularity and unique nature of women's self-help groups in India, evidence of their economic impacts is scant. Based on two rounds of a 2,400 household panel, the authors use double differences, propensity score matching, and pipeline comparison to assess economic impacts of longer (2.5-3 years) exposure of a program that promoted and strengthened self-help programs in Andhra Pradesh in India. The analysis finds that longer program exposure has positive impacts on consumption, nutritional intake, and asset accumulation. Investigating heterogeneity of the impacts suggests that even the poorest households were able to benefit from the program. Furthermore, overall benefits would exceed program cost by a significant margin even under conservative assumptions.

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