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Understanding the process of selecting data entry formats in meta-analysis

Findings in meta-analysis are integrated by the means of effect sizes also known as the currency of meta-analysis. They span the group of ‘indices’. An index is a statistical measure which is a compound representation of the several observations in the study. It gives a general dimension to the phenomenon. Therefore, indices are used to evaluate the size or magnitude of the treatment effect (Becker 2000). Read more »

Difference between microfinance institutions and commercial banks in India

The financial sector in India has been formally serving the economic needs of its urban and rural populations for over three centuries. This sector comprises banking and non-banking network which is present in multiple layers to cater to specific and varied requirements of different customers. The major aim of this network is to mobilize the savings from households to the economy to promote development. The formal lending system includes commercial banks, microfinance institutions (MFIs’) and non-banking financial institutions (NBFC). Read more »

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