Somville presents in Göttingen

1 June 2017 14:55

(updated: 1 June 2017 15:07)

Somville presents in Göttingen

In June, The Choice Lab Researcher Vincent Somville presents two papers at the Annual International Conference of the Research Group on Development Economics, German Economic Association.

The conference takes place in at the University of Göttingen, Germany, 1-2 June 2017. Somville presents the papers “Access to Formal Banking and Household Finances”, joint work with L. Vandewalle, and “Barriers to Female Empowerment: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Tanzania”, written jointly with The Choice Lab researchers Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge, Kjetil Bjorvatn and Bertil Tungodden, along with Tausi Kida and Linda Helgesson Sekei.

Program for the conference

Follow the link above to read more about the conference, or read the abstracts for the two papers below.

Abstract – “Access to Formal Banking and Household Finances”
Access to formal banking is spreading across the world. Obtaining a bank account may transform how people manage their finances, and affect their savings and consumption. We report from a field experiment that randomly provides access to a bank account to a representative sample of villagers in rural India. The treated keep relatively important savings on their account, but reduce their other savings by a similar amount. Their household’s overall savings and expenditures do not change. We identify several barriers that may constraint total savings.
Abstract – “Barriers to Female Empowerment: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Tanzania”
Many young girls in developing countries experience early pregnancy and lifelong dependence upon family and partners, which may prevent them from reaching their full productive and social potential. In this paper, we consider two potential barriers to female empowerment: lack of reproductive health knowledge and lack of economic opportunities, and report from a randomized control field experiment of an empowerment program involving 3900 adolescent girls in 80 schools in rural Tanzania. One group was randomly offered a training program on reproductive health, a second group was offered a program on entrepreneurship while a third group was offered both training programs. The evidence from two rounds of follow-up surveys shows that both the entrepreneurship program and the combined program have empowered the girls in the economic domain, while the impact of the reproductive health training is more muted. These findings suggest that entrepreneurship training is more important than health training in empowering the adolescent girls. Regarding the health domain, we do not find any evidence of a treatment effect of either training program.

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