Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Uppsala University, Department of Economics

No 2011:9: Delivery Mechanisms and Impact of Training through Microfinance

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: Department of Economics,, Postal: Texas A & M University, TAMU 4228

Abstract: We evaluate the effect of delivery mechanisms for training provided by facilitators of self help groups (SHGs). Indian SHGs are unique in that they are mainly NGOformed microfinance groups but later funded by commercial banks. We correct for both membership and training endogeneity. Training impacts assets but not income. Underlying conditions that benefit training include better infrastructure (as in paved roads), linkage model type, and training organizer.

Keywords: Asia; India; microfinance; impact studies; training; Self Help Groups

JEL-codes: G21; I32; O12

20 pages, May 5, 2011

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