Microcredit and Health Services Experiment in Bangladesh (ICPSR 35904)

Principal Investigator(s): Becker, Stan M., Johns Hopkins University


This project is a 4-celled factorial experiment that tests the relative effects of separately and jointly introducing micro-credit and essential health services package interventions on women's empowerment, economic well-being of the family and use of preventive health services in groups of villages within 64 unions (unions are the political unit above a village and composed of 10-20 villages) in central Bangladesh. Baseline and follow-up surveys of samples of 3900 households (over-sampling of poor households) with about the same number of ever-married women are interviewed in the 4 areas and the interventions are carried out in the 2.7 interim years. The follow-up survey is mostly in the same clusters as the baseline so the same women are interviewed, allowing longitudinal analyses. A fraction of the new clusters in each study arm are sampled as well to permit assessment of a potential "testing" effect of the baseline survey.

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Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (5R01HD042542)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    economic conditions, families, family planning, health care services

Geographic Coverage:    Bangladesh

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

NICHD funded the PRIMARY DATA COLLECTION of this project.

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