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Women's Entrepreneurship and Microfinance by Chiranjib Neogi

Women's Entrepreneurship and Microfinance


Women's Entrepreneurship and Microfinance by Chiranjib Neogi

This book offers a critical perspective on the issues related to women's empowerment, microfinance, and entrepreneurship in India. Written by distinguishing experts in this field, this book highlights women's empowerment, which is a process of entrusting power to an individual on the control over resources and decisions. However, these two factors are less effective in a society where religion and cultural dominance is high. The book sheds light on the social security measures undertaken by the government aiming to the right to work helped women who are bounded by social restrictions. Over time there is a shift in rural occupational structure towards non-farm activities, which is largely distress driven self-employment. Access to credit is a great source to provide self-employment that develops self-esteem among women and uplift their position. The book highlights the discrimination against women entrepreneurs in access to credit led to gender biased entrepreneurial society. Association with self-help groups (SHGs) has made women more socially empowered. SHG members help them to change their life in a positive manner through micro-entrepreneurial activities. The book has emphasized on the role of microfinance, which has served the poor to become financially self-reliant. It is observed that for second generation borrowers, the impact of microfinance seems to fizzle out, where MFIs who are gaining efficiency are diverting their objective of servicing poor, signalling a sign of mission drift.

About the Author

Chiranjib Neogi is a Retired Associate Scientist at the Economic Research Unit of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. He has been working on the area of productivity and efficiency for many years and has published a number of research papers on this issue in national and international journals. He has published a book India's New Economy from Palgrave, UK, written jointly with Professor Jati K. Sengupta of University of California, Santa Barbara. He has also edited a book on Productivity and Efficiency , jointly with Professor Ranjan Ghosh of IIM Kolkata, and the book was published by Macmillan, India. He has also contributed papers in many edited books on the contemporary issues of the Indian economy. He was visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo, Japan in the year 1998-99 and at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, Seoul, in 2009. Dr. Amit K Bhandari is presently an Assistant Professor in Economics at Rishi Bankim Chandra Evening College. He has been a Research Fellow at IZA - Institute of Labour Economics, Bonn, Germany. He is a Ph D in Economics from the University of Kalyani. Formerly he was a Lecturer in Economics and Finance at the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM). His works have published in reputed journals and books. He has a broad interdisciplinary research interest in social, economic and financial issues. His work was funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research and University Grants Commission, India. Sudipto Ghosh is a Ph.D in Sociology, having expertise in the Micro finance, Entrepreneurship, Planning and Livelihood. Being a Planning expert in the Government sector, he is having ten years experience in the Urban and Rural Sector. He is involved in the preparation of City Planning, various development project reports for local government's bodies. He is also a SEBI Resource person working for the Financial Literacy programme and involved in advising organization like Amystar Innovations, Kalyani Institute of Applied Research Training & Development (KIARTD) etc in the social development.

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Publication date

17th July 2017


Chiranjib Neogi

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Springer Verlag, Singapore


212 pages


Public finance
Sociology: work & labour



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