Microfinance and Inclusion of the Poor: Bangladesh Evidence

17 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2010

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Mohshin Habib

Swinburne University of Technology - Faculty of Higher Education

Christine Jubb

Australian National University, Australia

Date Written: August 18, 2010

Abstract

This paper investigates in a Bangladeshi setting whether membership of a microfinance program reduces perceptions of social exclusion as well as impacting on poverty reduction. Using a control group that has no microfinance institution membership, it compares the responses of both members and non-members on questions relating to socio-political participation and social inclusion. The evidence is consistent with membership giving rise to reduced feelings of social exclusion compared to the control group without membership.

Keywords: Economic development, empowerment of women, gender, microfinance, poverty alleviation, social exclusion

JEL Classification: D10

Suggested Citation

Habib, Mohshin and Jubb, Christine, Microfinance and Inclusion of the Poor: Bangladesh Evidence (August 18, 2010). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 88-103, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1661214

Mohshin Habib (Contact Author)

Swinburne University of Technology - Faculty of Higher Education ( email )

Lilydale, Victoria
Australia

Christine Jubb

Australian National University, Australia ( email )

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