November 5, 2014
From October 14-17, 2014, the 8th International Conference of the Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (ASAE) was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The ASAE is an association for economists and other professionals aiming at exchanging academic information regarding agricultural economics and management with a focus on Asia.
JICA-RI is currently conducting a research project titled “Empirical Study on Risk and Poverty in Bangladesh.” Some of the research findings will be compiled into the book Bangladesh Miracle and Challenges: Its Economic and Social Development. JICA-RI researchers participated in the conference and presented the research findings of this project at the two sessions.
|At the conference|
At the second session, three research findings on microfinance in Bangladesh were presented. Firstly, the result of structural estimation of the effects of subsidies for microfinance on its proliferation was shared. Secondly, a presentation was made on borrowing from multiple microfinance institutions (MFIs). It was found the number of overlapping or multiple borrowing is increasing both in Bangladesh and India. Some evidence of information sharing among MFIs was also confirmed in the analysis. The session was concluded with a presentation of research results regarding the influence of microfinance on improvements in the social status of women. The results of analysis of panel data from household surveys from 1998 to 2008 indicated trends of improvement in the social status of women, such as education opportunities and decline in the fertility rate, to which microfinance is likely to contributing.
|Day||October 14, 2014(Tue) - October 17, 2014(Fri)|