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Group-lending with sequential financing, contingent renewal and social capital

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  • Chowdhury, Prabal Roy

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This paper focuses on the dynamic aspects of group-lending, in particular sequential financing and contingent renewal. We examine the encacy of these two schemes in harnessing social capital. We find that, for the appropriate parameter configurations, there is homogenous group-formation so that the lender can ascertain the identity of a group without lending to all its members, thus screening out bad borrowers partially. Moreover, under certain parameter configurations, negative assortative matching occurs as a robust phenomenon.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 84 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (September)
Pages: 487-506

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Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:84:y:2007:i:1:p:487-506

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  1. Orazio Attansio & Abigail Barr & Juan Camilo Cardenas & Garance Genicot & Costas Mehgir, 2009. "Risk Pooling, Risk preferences, and Social Networks," CSAE Working Paper Series 2009-20, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.
  2. Kurosaki, Takashi & Khan, Hidayat Ullah, 2011. "Vulnerability of Microfinance to Strategic Default and Covariate Shocks:Evidence from Pakistan," PRIMCED Discussion Paper Series 10, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  3. Kundu, AMIT, 2011. "Savings, lending rate and skill improvement in micro-finance operating through public-private cooperation," MPRA Paper 39247, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 02 Aug 2011.
  4. Kurosaki, Takashi & Khan, Hidayat Ullah, 2011. "Vulnerability of Microfinance to Strategic Default and Covariate Shocks: Evidence from Pakistan," CEI Working Paper Series 2010-13, Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  5. Brishti Guha & Prabal Roy Chowdhury, 2012. "Borrower Targeting under Micro-finance Competition with Motivated MFIs," Working Papers 05-2012, Singapore Management University, School of Economics.

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