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Microfinance and gender inequality: cross-country evidence

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posted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Quanda Zhang, Alberto Posso
Microfinance enables poor women to engage in income-generating activities, which helps them become financially independent, strengthening their decision-making power within the household and society. Consequently, microfinance has the potential to reduce gender inequality (GI). Case-study evidence from across the developing world both supports and contradicts this hypothesis. We therefore revisit this issue using macroeconomic cross-country panel data for 64 developing economies over the period 2003–2014. We find that women’s participation in microfinance is associated with a reduction in GI. However, regional interactions reveal that cultural factors are likely to influence the GI–microfinance nexus.

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Journal

Applied economics letters

Volume

24

Issue

20

Pagination

1494 - 1498

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1350-4851

eISSN

1466-4291

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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