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Gender Discrimination in Microfinance? Some Evidence from Uganda

Marcella Corsi () and Marina De Angelis

Journal of Development Studies, 2017, vol. 53, issue 5, 723-740

Abstract: Microfinance literature has proved the existence of gender discriminatory practices against women in some specific contexts. Discrimination is often explored from the access side (loans approved or denied). Following Agier and Szafarz (2013), we deviate from this practice and use the variable loan size, considering up to four loans for each client. Drawing on data from a microfinance programme in Uganda, we find no evidence of gender discrimination against women clients, even though our results show that the loan size is influenced by personal characteristics and that women, in contrast to men, are rewarded according to their credit history.

Date: 2017
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