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Microfinance, Poverty and Education

Asma Boussetta ()
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Asma Boussetta: Univ. Orléans, CNRS, LEO, FRE 2014

Comparative Economic Studies, 2022, vol. 64, issue 1, No 4, 86-108

Abstract: Abstract This paper studies the relationship between microfinance, education and poverty at the macrolevel using a cross-country panel dataset of 116 countries over the period of 1999–2018. Disaggregating the effects by income levels and taking account of the potential problem of endogeneity related to microfinance institutions’ loans, this analysis reveals that any increase in the size of the gross loan portfolio of MFIs leads to a reduction in poverty in high- and middle-income economies. Moreover, I show that there is no significant relationship between microfinance and poverty in countries with lower levels of income. I also examine the channels through which microfinance affects poverty and find that any increase in the size of the microfinance sector fosters education which, in turn, reduces poverty.

Keywords: Microfinance; Poverty; Education; Cross-country analysis; G21; I32; O11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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