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Evaluating the Impact of Training in Self Help Groups in India
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Development Research, ISSN 0957-8811, E-ISSN 1743-9728, Vol. 26, no 5, 870-885 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article evaluates the impact of widespread training programmes provided by the Self-Help Group (SHG) programme. Indian SHGs are primarily non-governmental organisation (NGO)-formed microfinance groups funded by commercial banks. This article employs evaluation techniques appropriate for current borrowers of a national programme. In addition, the article addresses the double selection issue of membership and training. We correct for membership selection bias using a pipeline method. We then account for training endogeneity with propensity score matching. The results of regression-adjusted matching (which controls for both participation and training selection bias) reveal that specialised training, such as business training, has a greater impact on assets than general training. Furthermore, NGOs should specialise in business training. Sensitivity analyses confirm the robustness of these results.

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2014. Vol. 26, no 5, 870-885 p.
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Microfinance, Self Help Groups, India
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-222647DOI: 10.1057/ejdr.2014.17ISI: 000346157800018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-222647DiVA: diva2:711976
Available from: 2014-04-11 Created: 2014-04-11 Last updated: 2015-01-14Bibliographically approved

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