Data and Code for: Poverty and Migration in the Digital Age: Experimental Evidence on Mobile Banking in Bangladesh
- Lee, Jean N. (Millennium Challenge Corporation)
- Morduch, Jonathan (New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service)
- Ravindran, Saravana (University of California Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs)
- Shonchoy, Abu S. (Florida International University and IDE-JETRO)
- Zaman, Hassan (World Bank)
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion
- International Growth Centre
AbstractRapid urbanization is reshaping economies and intensifying spatial inequalities. In Bangladesh, we experimentally introduced mobile banking to very poor rural households and family members who had migrated to the city, testing whether mobile technology can reduce inequality by modernizing traditional ways to transfer money. One year later, for active mobile banking users, urban-to-rural remittances increased by 26% of the baseline mean. Rural consumption increased by 7.5% and extreme poverty fell. Rural households borrowed less, saved more, sent additional migrants, and consumed more in the lean season. Urban migrants experienced less poverty and saved more, but bore costs, reporting worse health.
2014-01-01 / 2016-12-31Time Period: Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2014--Sat Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2016
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Lee, Jean N., Jonathan Morduch, Saravana Ravindran, Abu S. Shonchoy, and Hassan Zaman. “Poverty and Migration in the Digital Age: Experimental Evidence on Mobile Banking in Bangladesh.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, n.d.
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