Membership has its privileges : the effect of social capital and neighbourhood characteristics on the earnings of microfinance borrowers

@inproceedings{GomezMembershipHI,
  title={Membership has its privileges : the effect of social capital and neighbourhood characteristics on the earnings of microfinance borrowers},
  author={Rafael Gomez and Eric Santor}
}
In this paper we examine the determinants of self-employment success for microcredit borrowers. Theories of social capital and neighbourhood effects are integrated in an attempt to account for earnings differentials among a unique sample of microfinance borrowers. We posit that social capital – social relations that facilitate individual action – is essential for microentrepreneurial success. Based on a survey and data collected by the authors, it is demonstrated that social capital is a… CONTINUE READING
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