Credit Programs for the Poor and the Health Status of Children in Rural Bangladesh

32 Pages Posted: 20 May 2003

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Omar Haider Chowdhury

Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) - General Economics Division

Shahidur R. Khandker

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Daniel L. Millimet

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Mark M. Pitt

Brown University

Abstract

The impact of participation in group-based credit programs, by gender of participant, on the health status of children by gender in rural Bangladesh is investigated. These credit programs are well suited to studies of how gender-specific resources alter intra-household allocations because they induce differential participation by gender. Women's credit is found to have a large and statistically significant impact on two of three measures of the healthiness of both boy and girl children. Credit provided to men has no statistically significant impact and the null hypothesis of equal credit effects by gender of participant is rejected.

Suggested Citation

Chowdhury, Omar Haider and Khandker, Shahidur R. and Millimet, Daniel L. and Pitt, Mark M., Credit Programs for the Poor and the Health Status of Children in Rural Bangladesh. International Economic Review, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 87-118, February 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=377084

Omar Haider Chowdhury

Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) - General Economics Division ( email )

Dhaka, 1207
Bangladesh

Shahidur R. Khandker

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

1818 H. Street, N.W.
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Washington, DC 20433
United States

Daniel L. Millimet

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Department of Economics ( email )

Box 750496
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United States
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Mark M. Pitt (Contact Author)

Brown University ( email )

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Providence, RI 02912
United States
401-863-2970 (Phone)
401-863-1970 (Fax)

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