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The formation of community-based organizations: an analysis of a quasi-experiment in Zimbabwe

Barr, Abigail; Dekker, Marleen; Fafchamps, Marcel

Authors

Marleen Dekker mdekker@ascleiden.nl

Marcel Fafchamps fafchamp@stanford.edu



Abstract

Previous analyses of the formation and composition of community-based organizations (CBOs) have used cross section data. So, causal inference has been compromised. We obviate this problem by using data from a quasi-experiment in which villages were formed by government officials selecting and clustering households. Our findings are as follows: CBO co-memberships are more likely between geographically proximate households and less likely between early and late settlers, members of female-headed households are not excluded, in poorer villages CBO co-membership networks are denser and, while wealthier households may have been instrumental in setting up CBOs, poorer households engage shortly afterward.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 16, 2014
Journal World Development
Print ISSN 0305-750X
Electronic ISSN 0305-750X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
APA6 Citation Barr, A., Dekker, M., & Fafchamps, M. (2014). The formation of community-based organizations: an analysis of a quasi-experiment in Zimbabwe. World Development, 66, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.08.003
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.08.003
Keywords Community-based organizations; quasi-experiment; social networks; Africa; Zimbabwe
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X14002319#
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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