The effect of savings accounts on interpersonal financial relationships: Evidence from a field experiment in rural Kenya

Pascaline Dupas, Anthony Keats, Jonathan Robinson

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Abstract

The welfare impact of expanding access to bank accounts depends on whether accounts crowd out pre-existing financial relationships, or whether private gains from accounts are shared within social networks. In this experiment, we provided free bank accounts to a random subset of 885 households. Across households, we document positive spillovers: treatment households become less reliant on grown children and siblings living outside their village, and become more supportive of neighbours and friends within their village. Within households, we randomised which spouse was offered an account and find no evidence of negative spillovers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-310
Number of pages38
JournalEconomic Journal
Volume129
Issue number617
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics

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