Abstract: We present evidence from a randomized field experiment in rural Mongolia on the comparative poverty impact of group versus individual microcredit. We find a positive impact of group loans but not of individual loans on entrepreneurship and food consumption. Moreover, group borrowers are less likely to make informal transfers to families and friends while the opposite holds true for individual borrowers. This suggests that joint liability may deter borrowers from using loans for non-investment purposes with stronger impacts as a result. We find no difference in repayment rates between both types of microcredit.
|Place of Publication||Tilburg|
|Number of pages||68|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Name||CentER Discussion Paper|
- randomized field experiment
Attanasio, O. P., Augsburg, B., de Haas, R., Fitzsimons, E., & Harmgart, H. (2013). Group Lending or Individual Lending? Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in Rural Mongolia. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2013-074). Tilburg: Finance.