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The Importance of Geographic Access for the Impact of Microfinance

Nargiza Alimukhamedova (), Randall Filer () and Jan Hanousek ()

No 10696, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: The geographic distance between a household and financial institutions may constitute a significant obstacle to achieving the benefits of modern financial institutions. We measure the impact of improved distance-related access to microcredits in Uzbekistan. Residents living closer to microfinance institutions are propensity score matched to those further away using both household and village characteristics. Households located closer to microfinance institutions have larger businesses in terms of income, profits and employees than similar households located further away. Similarly, they spend more on most forms of consumption and have greater savings.

Keywords: geographic access; microcredit; microfinance institutions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C34 O16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa, nep-dev and nep-mfd
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