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

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  1. Altınok, Ahmet & Sever, Can, 2014. "Efficient Microlending without Joint Liability," MPRA Paper 56598, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  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.
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  4. Amit Kundu, 2011. "Savings, Lending Rate and Skill Improvement in Microfinance Operating through Public-Private Cooperation," The IUP Journal of Managerial Economics, IUP Publications, vol. 0(4), pages 33-51, November.
  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.
  6. 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.

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