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.

Project: Self Employment Learning Project (SELP)


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.