In the developing world, access to small, individual loans has been variously hailed as a povertyalleviation tool – in the context of “microcredit” – but has also been criticized as “usury” and harmful to vulnerable borrowers. Prior studies have assessed effects of access to credit on traditional economic outcomes for poor borrowers, but effects on mental health have been largely ignored.

Lia FernaldRita HamadDean KarlanEmily OzerJonathan Zinman
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Published Paper
BMC Public Health
December 01, 2008