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Findings from Randomized Evaluations of Microfinance

Posted by Guest Editor, via CGAP on Monday, December 5, 2011, In : News 
In 2009, the results from two microcredit impact studies in Hyderabad, India, and Manila, the Philippines were released to mixed responses (Banerjee, Duflo, Glennerster, and Kinnan 2010; Karlan and Zinman 2011). Some media declared microfinance a failure (Bennett 2009). Many in the microfinance community dismissed these randomized studies as too limited to be a true reflection of the entire sector.

These first randomized studies caused a sensation because they challenged the dominant impact n...
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Exclusion within the Excluded

Posted by Editor on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, In : News 

Maria Fernanda Rivera


In 2008, the official unemployment rate in Honduras was 3.5%, lower than the US rate of 5.8% for the same year and more than half of the world average of 7.2%. With such a high percentage of people participating in the labor market, how is it that around three fourths of the Honduran population lives in poverty? The problem lies in the roughly 50% of the employed population working in the informal economy. The informal economy is a low-productivity and low paying sector,...

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