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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

Marcel Fafchamps



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.

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

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 16, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 3, 2015
Publicly Available Date Sep 3, 2015
Journal World Development
Print ISSN 0305-750X
Electronic ISSN 0305-750X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.08.003
Keywords Community-based organizations; quasi-experiment; social networks; Africa; Zimbabwe
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/29742
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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