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Is awareness of credit sources prerequisite for their use? A study of rural Assam

Tiken Das (Indian Institute of Public Health, Shillong, India)

Indian Growth and Development Review

ISSN: 1753-8254

Article publication date: 29 November 2018

Issue publication date: 28 March 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the determinants of awareness and use of credit sources. The paper attempts to answer the critical question: is awareness of credit sources prerequisite for their use?

Design/methodology/approach

This study is conducted in Assam, India, and uses a two-stage econometric model to reduce possible selection bias.

Findings

This study argues that awareness of credit sources may be a necessary but not sufficient prerequisite for use. It is found that, in general, formal, semiformal and informal sources attract different classes of the population with respect to economic and social indicators.

Research limitations/implications

The study recommends expanding the scope of semiformal and informal credit sources in rural areas of Assam only for income generating activities with proper market linkages. The possible limitation of the study can be due to exclusion of the role of traditional community-based organizations in rural Assam while analyzing the awareness and use of credit sources.

Originality/value

The study contributes to the literature by assessing the probable differences among formal, semiformal and informal credit sources with respect to their determinants of awareness and use.

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Citation

Das, T. (2019), "Is awareness of credit sources prerequisite for their use? A study of rural Assam", Indian Growth and Development Review, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 131-146. https://doi.org/10.1108/IGDR-01-2018-0010

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