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Title:Finance and poverty in Ethiopia: A household level analysis PDF Logo
Authors:Geda, Alemayehu
Shimeles, Abebe
Zerfu, Daniel
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2006/51
Abstract:In this paper, using the rich household panel data of urban and rural Ethiopia that covers the period from 1994 to 2000, we attempted to establish the link between finance and poverty in Ethiopia. Our results show that access to finance is an important factor in consumption smoothing and hence poverty reduction. We also found evidence for a poverty trap due to liquidity constraints that limits the ability of the rural households from consumption smoothing. The empirical findings from this study could inform finance policies aimed at addressing issues of poverty reduction. – finance ; Ethiopia ; Africa ; poverty ; consumption smoothing
JEL:E21
G10
G20
I30
O16
ISBN:9291908193
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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