Joeri Smits: Microcredit, financial literacy and household financial distress

This paper studies the effect of microcredit uptake on household financial distress. Drawing on quasi-experimental survey data collected in urban Uganda, merged with bank administrative data on the same individuals, we find that on average, microcredit uptake increases financial distress.

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Borrowers with low financial literacy levels take on loans (and installments) that are larger relative to their income. These findings are explained by a Roy-type model that incorporates financial literacy, and they suggest a role for numeracy skills assessment in credit scoring of loan applications.