Microfinance and gender inequality: Cross-country evidence

Microfinance enables poor women to engage in income-generating activities, which helps them become financially independent, strengthening their decision-making power within the household and society.

Author/s: Zhang, Quanda and Alberto Posso
Date: 2017
Publication: Applied Economics Letters
Full article: Microfinance and gender inequality: Cross-country evidence

Does microfinance improve measures of gender inequality across countries? We find that women’s participation in microfinance is associated with a reduction in gender inequality across 64 developing economies.