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Christopher UDRY (Northwestern University) – “Selection into Credit Markets: Evidence from Agriculture in Mali” joint with Lori BEAMAN, Dean KARLAN and BramTHUYSBAERT

March 15, 2:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Malinvaud-Adres Seminars: Every Thursday at 2:00 pm

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Date: March 15th, 2018

Place: Room 3001

Christopher UDRY (Northwestern University) – “Selection into Credit Markets: Evidence from Agriculture in Mali”

Abstract:  We find that returns to capital are higher for farmers who borrow than for those who do not. We measure this using a two‐stage loan and grant experiment. In our first stage, we offer loans to some villages and not others. In the second stage, we provide cash grants to a random subset of all farmers in villages where no loans were offered, and to a random subset of farmers who chose not to borrow in villages where loans were offered. We estimate [] returns to capital for the representative sample of all farmers, whereas we find [] return for those who had recently decided not to borrow. Critical for both theory and policy, this heterogeneity persists even after conditioning on a wide range of observed characteristics.

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Date:
March 15
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2:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Guillaume HOLLARD
Email:
guillaume.hollard@polytechnique.edu