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Seminar: Shocks and Brave Farmers: Evidence from a Randomized Agricultural Microfinance Experiment in Bangladesh

Event | 19 September 2017 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan


Mohammad Abdul Malek will examine the role of credit in farmers’ risk-coping strategies in the presence of shocks, particularly a program designed and implemented by BRAC, an NGO. The program uses a simple two-period model of technology adoption to show consumption credit as an insurance mechanism. He will also discuss the standard balancing tests showing that the treatments and shocks are both exogenously given and, thus, regression results can be interpreted as causal relationships. Shocks considerably increase credit uptake among the treatment groups and have a significant impact on outcome indicators (purpose of credit use, land use, technology adoption, shifting day laboring to self-employment, farmers’ income, consumption independence and subjective well-being).

About the Speaker

Mohammad Abdul Malek, a senior research fellow at BRAC, is a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher with the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn, Germany. He trained in rural economics in Japan (Yamaguchi University and Tottori University) and economics in Bangladesh (University of Dhaka). He led the Agricultural Economics Research Unit at the BRAC Research and Evaluation Division, Dhaka, from its inception in March 2012 until September 2016. He is linked with a number of professional societies and was recently nominated as executive committee member (2017–2020) of the Asian Society for Agricultural Economists.


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20 participants.


  • Scholarly presentation
  • Discussion among policy makers, researchers, academics, think tanks, the public

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Time of event

13:00 - 14:00