Does Microfinance Make Households More Resilient to Shocks? Evidence From the Cyclone Phailin in India

Thijmen Calis, Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Namrata Ghosh, Robert Lensink*, Aljar Meesters

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This research note examines the relevance of microfinance as a means to cope with natural disasters, using the event of the cyclone Phailin, which struck India in 2013. The results indicate that microfinance helps reduce the negative effects of extreme weather-related shocks. In light of the somewhat disappointing outcomes suggested by several recent rigorous impact studies, this research paints a more positive picture of the importance of microfinance as an insurance mechanism to deal with weather-related risks. Copyright (c) 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1011-1015
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of International Development
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2017


  • microfinance
  • natural disasters
  • shocks
  • India

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