Access to credit and female labour supply in India
- 30 June, 2016
- IGC Research on India
While microfinance is believed to have the potential to increase female labour force participation, short-term experimental evaluations of microfinance have not found significant economic benefits for women. Based on a survey of SEWA Bank clients in Ahmedabad, this project evaluates the long-term impact of having greater access to microfinance on female labour force participation in the context of urban India. It also examined the impacts of improved financial access on an understudied aspect of female autonomy: fertility.