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Jeremy Golan, HC '09, is in the Peace Corps.

HC ’09 Economics Major Jeremy Golan has been blogging http://jeremygolanworld.blogspot.com from Cambodia where he is currently working for the Peace Corps.

His thesis advisor, Saleha Jilani, recollects Jeremy’s work experiences, internships, and curricular interests, many of which were based in economic development, more specifically, financial development, credit markets, and the use of microfinance. As an example, he collaborated with the CPGC in organizing field trips and externships in Mexico City, collaborating with local microcredit institutions there.

Jeremy's senior thesis is entitled The Impact of Microfinance Use on Household Educational Expenditure in Indonesia. The thesis examines the impact of microfinance programs on household educational choices in Indonesia using a rich and uniquely detailed data set, the ‘Indonesian Family Life Survey’ from 2000. Some of the results indicate that household microfinance use has a positive and significant effect on educational expenditures in Indonesia, and that this effect on schooling expenditures is larger than that for households who borrow from non-MFI institutions (other banks). Jeremy also found that microfinance use in rural areas results in less expenditure on schooling compared to urban areas, in Indonesia.

Jeremy Golan and fellow student James Burton were Co-Presidents and Co-Founders of the Haverford Microfinance Club. Jeremy also served as a Board Member on the Study Abroad Advisory Committee here at Haverford College.

Founders Green on a warm spring day.

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