Does Microcredit Reduce Gender Inequality? An Application of Decomposition Analysis to Egypt - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Does Microcredit Reduce Gender Inequality? An Application of Decomposition Analysis to Egypt

Topic: D6. Welfare Economics J1. Demographic Economics


Status:
ongoing Project


Although Egypt has achieved relatively high economic growth with an annual growth rate of around 5%, poverty rate remains high and gender inequality still is a serious problem. To reduce poverty and empower women, Egypt has implemented microcredit programs. This project investigates whether access to microcredit can help empower women and reduce gender inequality in Egypt. Additionally, it examines the policy implications for microcredit programs so that these programs can be more effective. The study relies on data from Egypt Labor Market Panel Surveys in 2006 and 2012.

Research Fellows

Mohamed El Hedi Arouri

Professor of Finance and Sustainable Economics, Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis


Authors

Nguyen Viet Cuong

Institute of Public Policy and Management at the National Economics University in Hanoi


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