Facilitating Savings for Agriculture: Field Experimental Evidence from Malawi 2009-2010
The survey data accompanies the paper, "Facilitating Savings for Agriculture: Field Experimental Evidence from Malawi,”. The investigators implemented a randomized intervention among Malawian farmers aimed at facilitating formal savings for agricultural inputs. Treated farmers were offered the opportunity to have their cash crop harvest proceeds deposited directly into new bank accounts in their own names, while farmers in the control group were paid harvest proceeds in cash (the status quo). The treatment led to higher savings in the months immediately prior to the next agricultural planting season, and raised agricultural input usage in that season. They also find positive treatment effects on subsequent crop sale proceeds and household expenditures. Because the treatment effect on savings was only a small fraction of the treatment effect on the value of agricultural inputs, mechanisms other than alleviation of savings constraints per se are needed to explain the treatment’s impact on input utilization. Authors discuss other possible mechanisms through which treatment effects may have operated.
Data used in this paper come from two surveys as well as from administrative records of Bank of Malawi (OBM).
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of analysis
The study describes farmers.
Producers and sponsors
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
World Bank Research Committee
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Randomization of the savings and raffle treatments was conducted at the club level in order to minimize cross-treatment contamination. The sample consists of 299 clubs with 3,150 farmers surveyed at baseline (February-April 2009), for whom we can track savings deposits, withdrawals, and balances in our partner bank’s administrative data. In addition, we have data from an Endline survey administered in July-September 2010, after the 2010 harvest, for 2,835 farmers from 298 clubs. Attrition from the baseline to the Endline survey was 10.0% and is not statistically significantly different across different treatment groups.
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
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- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Lasse Brune, Xavier Giné, Dean Yang, Jessica Goldberg. Facilitating Savings for Agriculture: Field Experimental Evidence from Malawi (2016) 187-220. Ref. MWI_2009_BFI_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date]
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