Manisha Chakrabarty
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
Subhankar Mukherjee
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
The European Journal of Development Research, Jul 2021, 34
JEL Codes:
D04, D14, E21, I38
● Financial Inclusion and Household Welfare: An Entropy-Based Consumption Diversification Approach
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State-led financial inclusion programmes have been implemented in many developing countries, but their effectiveness in raising welfare remains widely debated. In this article, we report evidence on this issue, against the backdrop of recent policy initiatives on financial inclusion in India. We employ Theils entropy-based index to estimate diversification in consumption expenditure, and use this as a measure of welfare. Using household-level panel data across all regions of the country, we find evidence that greater financial inclusion increases diversity in non-food items. Further, we also notice that there is a shift in consumption basket from food items to non-food items. These findings suggest an improvement in welfare for both rural as well as urban households.

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