The returns to microenterprise support among the ultrapoor: A field experiment in postwar Uganda

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Journal Article

We show that extremely poor, war-affected women in northern Uganda have high returns to a package of $150 cash, five days of business skills training, and ongoing supervision. Sixteen months after grants, participants doubled their microenterprise ownership and incomes, mainly from petty trading. We also show these ultrapoor have too little social capital, but that group bonds, informal insurance, and cooperative activities could be induced and had positive returns. When the control group received cash and training 20 months later, we varied supervision, which represented half of the program costs. A year later, supervision increased business survival but not consumption.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blattman, C; Green, EP; Jamison, J; Christian Lehmann, M; Annan, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 35 - 64

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-7790

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1945-7782

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1257/app.20150023

Citation Source

  • Scopus