Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73137
Authors: 
Kislat, Carmen
Menkhoff, Lukas
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Diskussionspapiere der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät, Universität Hannover 490
Abstract: 
The village funds programme in Thailand is one of the biggest microfinance programmes in the world aiming at improving access to finance and income in rural areas. Earlier studies indicate that the programme is successful in realising its ambitions to some degree. We extend this work by analysing a second wave of a household survey and find that village fund borrowers are consistently characterised by a lower economic status; accordingly village fund loan are an important lifeline to those households. However, we cannot identify any significant substitution between village fund loans and other loans, raising doubts about the long-run impact of the village fund programme.
Subjects: 
rural finance
informal financial institutions
microfinance
Thailand
JEL: 
O16
O17
G21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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