A Bayesian Spatial Propensity Score Matching Evaluation of the Regional Impact of Micro-finance

Rolando Gonzales, Patricia Aranda, Joel Mendizabal

Abstract


A Bayesian Spatial-Propensity Score Matching estimator is proposed to measure the regional impact of microfinance on poverty reduction and women's empowerment. The impact of microfinance in Bolivia was tested with this estimator, using census and household survey data. The results suggest that microfinance was useful for poverty reduction and women’s empowerment at municipality level in Bolivia.


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