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Self-Selection into Credit Markets: Evidence from Agriculture in Mali

Lori Beaman, Dean Karlan (), Bram Thuysbaert and Christopher Udry ()

No 183318, Center Discussion Papers from Yale University, Economic Growth Center

Abstract: We examine whether returns to capital are higher for farmers who borrow than for those who do not, a direct implication of many credit market models. We measure the difference in returns through a two‐stage loan and grant experiment. We find large positive investment responses and returns to grants for a random (representative) sample of farmers, showing that liquidity constraints bind. However, we find zero returns to grants for a sample of farmers who endogenously did not borrow. Thus we find important heterogeneity, even conditional on a wide range of observed characteristics, which has critical implications for theory and policy.

Keywords: Agricultural Finance; Farm Management; Financial Economics; International Development; Production Economics; Productivity Analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46
Date: 2014-05
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