The effects of microfinance on women’s empowerment: new evidence from Bangladesh

Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur and Khanam, Rasheda and Nghiem, Son (2017) The effects of microfinance on women’s empowerment: new evidence from Bangladesh. International Journal of Social Economics, 44 (12). pp. 1745-1457. ISSN 0306-8293


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of microcredit on women’s empowerment in rural Bangladesh using the latest primary data. Design/methodology/approach – Primary data have been collected by a household survey in the four districts of Bangladesh. Logistic regression is used to estimate the odd of improving women empowerment after participating in microfinance. Findings – The results show positive impacts of microfinance on most of the selected indicators for women’s empowerment. Research limitations/implications – Lack of control groups and baseline data are the main limitation of this research. Future research can address this issue by selecting institutions with baseline data or control groups. Practical implications – The findings of the study can help policy makers to adopt appropriate policies that integrate empowerment in development projects with women. Social implications – The results of this research could encourage more women to participate in microfinance activities and development projects. Originality/value – This research provides the most updated data from a primary survey in Bangladesh. The authors also mitigate the possible selection biases by using a fixed-effects estimator.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2018 06:00
Last Modified: 03 May 2018 00:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: microfinance, Bangladesh, logistic regression, household survey, women’s empowerment
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
14 Economics > 1403 Econometrics > 140399 Econometrics not elsewhere classified
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140207 Financial Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940599 Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/IJSE-02-2016-0070

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