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Credit union policies and performance in Latin America

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  • Westley, Glenn D.
  • Shaffer, Sherrill

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This paper explores empirical linkages between credit unions' (CUs') policies and their financial performance, as measured by loan delinquency and profitability, using a unique micro dataset of credit unions in three Latin American countries. The estimated translog profit function is generalized using a slack variable concept that parameterizes any systematic deviation from profit- maximizing behavior exhibited within the sample. In general, we find that performance depends in important ways on two types of CU policy variables, some associated with the incentives of borrowers to repay and others that affect the CU's ability to screen loans.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Banking & Finance.

Volume (Year): 23 (1999)
Issue (Month): 9 (September)
Pages: 1303-1329

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:23:y:1999:i:9:p:1303-1329

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  1. Lenka DOKULILOVÁ & Karel Janda & Pavel ZETEK, 2009. "Sustainability of Microfinance Institutions in Financial Crisis," European Financial and Accounting Journal, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2009(2), pages 7-33.
  2. Neil Esho, 2000. "Scale Economies in Credit Unions: Accounting for Subsidies Is Important," Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer, vol. 18(1), pages 29-43, October.
  3. Glenn D. Westley, 2001. "¿Pueden las políticas de los mercados financieros reducir la desigualdad del ingreso?," IDB Publications 41739, Inter-American Development Bank.
  4. Gropper, Daniel M. & Hudson, Carl D., 2003. "A note on savings and loan ownership structure and expense preference: A re-examination," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 27(10), pages 2003-2014, October.
  5. Carlos E. Cuevas & Klaus P. Fischer, 2006. "Cooperative Financial Institutions : Issues in Governance, Regulation, and Supervision," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7107, March.
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  9. Måns Söderbom & Catherine Pattillo, 2000. "Managerial Risk Attitudes and Firm Performance in Ghanaian Manufacturing: an Empirical Analysis Based on Experimental Data," Economics Series Working Papers WPS/2000-17, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  10. Glenn D. Westley, 2001. "Can Financial Market Policies Reduce Income Inequality?," IDB Publications 41498, Inter-American Development Bank.

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