Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Uppsala University, Department of Economics

No 2008:5: Does Self Help Group Participation Lead to Asset Creation?,

Ranjula Bali Swain () and Adel Varghese ()
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Ranjula Bali Swain: Department of Economics, Postal: Uppsala University, P.O. Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Adel Varghese: IFMR & Texas A & M University

Abstract: We evaluate the effect of Self Help Group participation on a long term impact parameter, namely asset creation. Indian Self Help Groups (SHGs)are unique in that they are mainly NGO-formed microfinance groups but later funded by commercial banks. The results reveal that longer membership in SHGs positively impacts asset creation, robust to various asset specifications. With longer participation in SHGs, members move away from pure agriculture as an income source towards other sources such as livestock income. Training by NGOs positively impacts asset creation but the type of SHG linkage per se has no effect.

Keywords: Asset creation; microfinance; impact; Self Help Groups

JEL-codes: G21; I32; O12

25 pages, May 19, 2008

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