Microcredit and its impact on developing areas
LE3 .A278 2020
Bachelor of Arts
Microcredit became one of the most prominent tools for poverty elimination in the 1990s. However, there are doubts as to whether microcredit can really generate positive effects in developing regions. This thesis is an extension of the meta-analysis examining this question from Chliova et al. (2015). By synthesizing 59 quantitative findings, this research uses regression analysis to find whether research conditions affect the effect size of microcredit interventions in developing areas. My results show that higher corruption levels, lower economic status, rural areas and microcredit organizations operating without the support of government are associated with larger effect sizes in developing areas. Microcredit generally has greater effect in more challenging conditions.
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