Asset Building Financial Inclusion Working Paper

The Impact of Microenterprise Assistance Programs: A Comparative Study of Program Participants, Non-Participants and Other Low Wage Workers

This study builds on current microenterprise research in the United States and examines household income and poverty over time of low-income microentrepreneurs. Comparisons are drawn between three groups: Low-income microenterepreneurs who participated in one of seven U.S. microenterprise programs; low-income self-employed not attached to microenterprise assistance programs; and a third group of low-income workers not engaged in self-employment. By employing a quasi-experimental design, with comparison groups and repeated measures, different outcomes between groups can more readily be attributed to microenterprise assistance programs.

Citation

Sanders, C. (2001). The impact of microenterprise assistance programs: A comparative study of program participants, non-participants and other low wage workers (CSD Working Paper No. 01-7). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.