NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Can Self-Help Groups Really Be "Self-Help"?

Brian Greaney, Joseph P. Kaboski, Eva Van Leemput

NBER Working Paper No. 18970
Issued in April 2013

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Corresponding Author: Joseph P. Kaboski. Research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to the U. of Chicago Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty. We are thankful for comments received from presentations at BREAD/Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota Conference and Clemson University. We have benefited from help from many people at Catholic Relief Services, especially Marc Bavois and Mike Ferguson. We have also benefitted from the work of excellent research assistants: Luke Chicoine and Katie Firth in the data collection, and Melanie Brintnall in the data analysis. The views expressed are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Federal Reserve System, the Board of Governors, or the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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