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Assortative matching, adverse selection, and group lending

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  • Guttman, Joel M.
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    This note reconsiders a theoretical result asserted to explain the success of group lending programs in LDCs. It has been claimed that if groups are allowed to form themselves, risky and safe borrowers will sort themselves into relatively homogenous groups. This "positive assortative matching" can be exploited by lenders to solve an adverse selection problem that would otherwise undermine the effectiveness of such lending programs. I show that the positive assortative matching result does not necessarily hold if earlier models are extended to incorporate dynamic incentives.

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

    Volume (Year): 87 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 (August)
    Pages: 51-56

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:87:y:2008:i:1:p:51-56

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    Cited by:
    1. Li Gan & Manuel A. Hernandez & Yanyan Liu, 2013. "Group Lending with Heterogeneous Types," NBER Working Papers 18847, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Dyuti Banerjee & Anupama Sethi, 2008. "Intra-Group Transfers And Group Formation," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series 24/08, Monash University, Department of Economics.
    3. Yan Liu & Guang???Zhen Sun, 2008. "Competition And Access Regulation In The Telecommunications Industry With Multiple Networks," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series 25/08, Monash University, Department of Economics.

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