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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2002): Community Regeneration and Development - Overseas

THE IMPACT OF MICROENTERPRISE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS, NONPARTICIPANTS AND OTHER LOW-WAGE WORKERS

C Y Sanders

Social Service Review, vol.76, 2002, p.321-340

Study uses existing data to compare low-income microentrepreneurs who participated in one of seven US microenterprise assistance programmes, low-income self-employed workers not attached to microenterprise assistance programmes, and low income workers who are not self-employed. Analyses of household income and poverty status over time suggest that microenterprise programmes do not make significant gains for participants.

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