The impact of Group‐Based Credit Programs on Poor Households in Bangladesh: Does the Gender of Participants Matter?

  title={The impact of Group‐Based Credit Programs on Poor Households in Bangladesh: Does the Gender of Participants Matter?},
  author={Mark Martin Pitt and Shahidur R. Khandker},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  pages={958 - 996}
This paper estimates the impact of participation, by gender, in the Grameen Bank and two other group‐based micro credit programs in Bangladesh on labor supply, schooling, household expenditure, and assets. The empirical method uses a quasi‐experimental survey design to correct for the bias from unobserved individual and village‐level heterogencity. We find that program credit has a larger effect on the behavior of poor households in Bangladesh when women are the program participants. For… 

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