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Learning By Association: Micro Credit In Chiapas, Mexico

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  • GUSTAVO A. BARBOZA
  • HUMBERTO BARRETO

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Micro credit programs provide institutional arrangements for low-income people to transit from nonmarket to market-oriented settings. This article develops a data set of payment records to determine micro credit participants' behavior on repayment performance. The findings shed new light strongly supporting micro credit as a feasible alternative to successfully provide financial resources to the poor, when controlling for asymmetric information. The empirical evidence indicates that learning by association through peer mentoring is a significant determinant in explaining high repayment rates, whereas peer monitoring is not. (JEL "O1", "O17", "L31", "J15") Copyright 2006 Western Economic Association International.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 24 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
Pages: 316-331

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Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:24:y:2006:i:2:p:316-331

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  1. Jeffrey Carpenter & Tyler Williams, 2010. "Moral hazard, peer monitoring, and microcredit: field experimental evidence from Paraguay," Working Papers, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 10-6, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
  2. Gustavo Barboza & Sandra Trejos, 2009. "Micro Credit in Chiapas, México: Poverty Reduction Through Group Lending," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, Springer, vol. 88(2), pages 283-299, September.

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