nep-fle New Economics Papers
on Financial Literacy and Education
Issue of 2019‒10‒07
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  1. Activating women cognitive abilities: Impact of a financial literacy pilot program in India By Lucia, Dalla Pellegrina; Giorgio, Di Maio; Paolo, Landoni; Beatrice, Rama

  1. By: Lucia, Dalla Pellegrina; Giorgio, Di Maio; Paolo, Landoni; Beatrice, Rama
    Abstract: This study is based on a randomized control trial (RCT) aimed at understanding the effectiveness of a financial literacy pilot program conducted in 2014-2016 at the Institute for Indian Mother and Child, a non-profit microfinance institution based near Kolkata. Significant impacts are revealed in terms of improvements in saving accumulation and punctuality in the repayment of the loan instalments for borrowers belonging to the treated group, compared to the group of borrowers who did not participated to the program. In particular, positive contribution emerges from the evolution of both the cognitive skills and the level of financial knowledge developed by the beneficiaries during the training program. Estimates provide evidence that enhancing cognitive abilities turn out to be strongly beneficial in fostering the accumulation savings, whereas financial principles also had an (although weaker) impact on stimulating a more timely reimbursement of the instalments. We conclude that the financial literacy pilot program has significantly activated women cognitive abilities, giving them the opportunity to apply them both in the course and in their businesses.
    Keywords: Microfinance; financial literacy; randomized control trial, repayment performance; savings.
    JEL: I21 I24 I28 J13 J24
    Date: 2019–05

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