Document Type

Project

Publication Date

Spring 2016

Keywords

Secondary Education, Economic Development, Credit Access

Abstract

Microfinance, or the extension of financial services to low-income individuals unserved or underserved by traditional financial institutions, has been championed as a method of reducing poverty and creating social change, especially in developing countries. However, empirical studies examining the effects of microcredit programs have found mixed results as to the success of these loans. This study attempts to determine the impact that the presence of microfinance institutions in a country has on education participation rates, specifically examining country- level World Bank data over a 10-year period. Regression results for this data suggest positive effects of microfinance penetration on secondary education rates, especially among females, but insignificant effects on primary education participation.

Department

Economics

Comments

Advisor: Dr. Shawn Knabb, Economics Department

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Microfinance--Developing countries; Education--Economic aspects--Developing countries; Women in development--Developing countries

Geographic Coverage

Developing countries

Genre/Form

student projects; term papers

Type

Text

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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