Impact of Credit on Education and Healthcare Spending in Rural Pakistan
Muhammad Khan () and
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Abid Hussain: MPhil Research Scholar, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad
The Pakistan Development Review, 2016, vol. 55, issue 4, 853-870
It is to access that the microcredit has a positive impact on education and healthcare spending of the borrowed households is controversial in developing countries literature or not. This study reports evidence, from Pakistan for this debate, while utilising data from PPHS-2010 (Pakistan Panel Household Survey). Propensity score matching (PSM) has been used to investigate the impact of household credit on healthcare and education spending by the poor. In addition to matching statistically identical borrowers with non-borrowers, the method controls for household pre-treatment assets and income. These may be correlated with unobservable factors affecting credit participation as well as outcomes of interest. The estimates from binary as well as multiple ordered treatment effect show insignificant impact of borrowing on education and significant and positive impact on healthcare spending.
Keywords: Matching; Household Credit; Per-capita Income; Education and Healthcare Spending (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 D13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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