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Impact Assessment of Credit Program for Tenant Farmers in Bangladesh: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Marup Hossain (), Mohammad Malek, Amzad Hossain, Md. Reza () and Shakil Ahmed
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Amzad Hossain: Department of Economics, University of Dhaka
Shakil Ahmed: Research and Evaluation Division (RED), BRAC

No CIRJE-F-1025, CIRJE F-Series from CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo

Abstract: We study the role of agricultural credit on productivity and livelihoods of small, marginal, and landless tenant farmers based on a randomized control trial (RCT) field experiment in Bangladesh. Twenty percent of the eligible households from the treatment group participate in the credit program and utilize sixty percent of their loans for agricultural purposes. Results show that access to credit increases adoption of modern seed varieties, productivity, and farming income in the treatment group. We find that impacts are heterogeneous over households0 headship, tenancy status, and farm size. We also examine distributional impacts using quantile regressions and find that impacts of the credit are mostly concentrated in the upper tail of the distributions.

Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2016-10
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