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SCDTP Studentship - Measuring the Social Value of Microcredit: A Social Distance Approach

Southampton Business School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14777
(18/19 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 24 January 2019
Reference:  1080618TR

Measuring the Social Value of Microcredit: A Social Distance Approach

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2019/20 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Professor Tapas Mishra (, Dr. Jeremy Eng-Tuck Cheah, Dr. Mamata Parhi

This project aims to study the social value of microcredit programs by developing a social distance function using household level panel data for Bangladesh. While it is widely believed that the program has uplifted millions of poor from the cycles of poverty across the globe, a growing concern is whether it has widened the social distance among borrowers and non-borrowers. Growing social distance impacts cohesion and stability in any socio-economic system. We develop quantitative procedures to rigorously quantify social impacts of microcredit provisions and provide predictive effects of such a development for future policy and planning.

Skills Required

Advanced knowledge in econometrics (panel data and quantile regression). Programming skills in STATA (and/or R and Matlab).


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14777 (2018/19 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm on 24th January 2019.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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