A good mix against ultra‐poverty? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) in Bangladesh

Rahman, Atiya, Bhattacharjee, Anindita and Das, Narayan (2021) A good mix against ultra‐poverty? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) in Bangladesh. Review of Development Economics, 25 (4). pp. 2052-2083. ISSN 1363-6669

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Existing evidence shows that programs that provide grants to productive assets along with training to very poor women increase labor supply, earnings, and consumption. In contrast, evidence on the effect of microcredit on these outcomes is mixed. In this paper, we examine the effect of a hybrid of the two approaches—credit and grant—on the livelihoods of the ultra-poor in Bangladesh. A randomized evaluation of the hybrid intervention shows that it increases labor supply of working-age women, household income, productive assets, savings, and consumption expenditures. The benefit–cost ratio of the intervention is estimated to be 8.47.

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Additional Information: Funding information: UK’s Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government, and BRAC—the donors of the Ultra-Poor Graduation Program—through the FCDO-DFAT-BRAC Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA)
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 8 - decent work and economic growth ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/decent_work_and_economic_growth
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural and Experimental Development Economics
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Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2023 01:17
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2023 00:40
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/93250
DOI: 10.1111/rode.12809

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