Journal Article

Evaluating Program Impacts on Mature Self-help Groups in India

Klaus Deininger and Yanyan Liu

in The World Bank Economic Review

Volume 27, issue 2, pages 272-296
Published in print June 2013 | ISSN: 0258-6770
Published online October 2012 | e-ISSN: 1564-698X | DOI:

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Despite the popularity and the unique nature of women's self-help groups in India, evidence on the economic impact of these groups is scant. On the basis of two rounds of surveys of 2,517 households, we use a strategy of double differences and propensity score matching to assess the economic effects of a program that promoted and strengthened self-help groups in Andhra Pradesh in India. Our analysis finds that longer exposure to the program has a positive impact on consumption, nutritional intake, and asset accumulation. Our investigation into the heterogeneity of these effects suggests that even the poorest households are able to benefit from the program.

Keywords: I38; O12.

Journal Article.  10222 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Welfare and Poverty