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Microfinance institutions and efficiency

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  • Gutiérrez-Nieto, Begoña
  • Serrano-Cinca, Carlos
  • Mar Molinero, Cecilio

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Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) are special financial institutions. They have both a social nature and a for-profit nature. Their performance has been traditionally measured by means of financial ratios. The paper goes beyond simple financial ratios using a data envelopment analysis (DEA) approach to measure the efficiency of MFIs. Special care is taken in the specification of the DEA model. We take a methodological approach based on multivariate analysis. We rank DEA efficiencies under different models and specifications; e.g. particular sets of inputs and outputs. This serves to explore what is behind a DEA score. The results show that we can explain MFIs efficiency by means of four principal components of efficiency, and this way we are able to understand differences between DEA scores. It is shown that there are country effects on efficiency; and effects that depend on non-governmental organization (NGO)/non-NGO status of the MFI.

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Volume (Year): 35 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 131-142

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Keywords: DEA Efficiency Banking Operations management Microfinance Microcredit;

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