Micro-Credit Programs and Off-Farm Migration in China

15 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2004

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Hongbin Li

Chinese University of Hong Kong - Department of Economics

Scott Rozelle

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Linxiu Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences - Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy

Abstract

This paper seeks to evaluate effects of micro-credit projects on the poor. We utilize data that we collected in Sichuan Province in 1999 to investigate whether micro-credit projects have targeted the poor and whether participation in the micro-credit project increases the likelihood of migration and switching to off-farm jobs. We find that, although the micro-credit programs did not help increase assets of the participants, it did help to move one or more of their members into an off-farm job. Our findings indicate that there is a great deal of benefit in supporting micro-credit programs.

Suggested Citation

Li, Hongbin and Rozelle, Scott and Zhang, Linxiu, Micro-Credit Programs and Off-Farm Migration in China. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=611201

Hongbin Li (Contact Author)

Chinese University of Hong Kong - Department of Economics ( email )

Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong

Scott Rozelle

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
530-752-9897 (Phone)

Linxiu Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences - Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy ( email )

Anwai, Beijing, 100101
China

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