Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102625
Authors: 
Pitt, Mark M.
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Brown University, Department of Economics 2014-2
Abstract: 
The Impact of Microcredit on the Poor in Bangladesh: Revisiting the Evidence,' by David Roodman and Jonathan Morduch (2014) is the most recent of a sequence of papers and postings that seeks to refute the findings of the Pitt and Khandker (1998) article 'The Impact of Group-Based Credit on Poor Households in Bangladesh: Does the Gender of Participants Matter?' that microcredit for women had significant, favorable effects on poverty reduction. This response paper refutes the claims of Roodman and Morduch that were not addressed in the earlier World Bank working paper of Pitt and Khandker (2012). This response paper, like the Pitt and Khandker (2012) paper and others that preceeded it, shows that many of the Roodman and Morduch claims are based on a flawed econometric understanding and a lack of due diligence in formulating and interpreting statistical models.
Subjects: 
microcredit
microfinance
replication
Bangladesh
Grameen Bank
program evaluation
JEL: 
N01
C510
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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