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Bridging the Gender Divide: An Experimental Analysis of Group Formation in African Villages

Publication year: 2012 Source: World Development, Volume 40, Issue 10 Abigail Barr, Marleen Dekker, Marcel Fafchamps Assorting on gender is casually observed in developing countries and is now systematically built into many group-oriented development interventions. In this paper we explore the mechanisms underlying the emergent gender assorting, using an experiment in which African villagers could form groups to share risk