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An overview of recent developments in the microfinance literature

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  • Valentina M. Hartarska
  • Martin Holtmann
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    This paper presents an overview of microfinance and microfinance research. The objective is to show that microfinance research has come full circle: from policies to lending methodologies and to organizations in the 1990s, and back to a focus on policies. Specifically, developments in the theoretical literature on asymmetric information, transaction costs, contracts, and banking identify the challenges that MFIs must overcome. Recent trends toward intermediation and commercialization have brought about renewed focus on identifying appropriate policies to promote a viable microfinance industry. The paper concludes by describing some current challenges faced by the industry and offers a possible research agenda for agricultural economists.

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    Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal Agricultural Finance Review.

    Volume (Year): 66 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 2 (September)
    Pages: 147-165

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    Handle: RePEc:eme:afrpps:v:66:y:2006:i:2:p:147-165

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    Keywords: Financial institutions; Microfinance; Microfinance institutions; Poverty; Rural finance;

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    Cited by:
    1. Weber, Ron & Musshoff, Oliver, 2012. "Microfinance for agricultural firms - What can we learn from bank data?," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126708, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Hartarska, Valentina M. & Parmeter, Christopher F., 2009. "Scope Economies of Lending and Collecting Deposits in Microfinance Institutions," 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China 51799, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    3. Turvey, Calum G. & Kong, Rong, 2010. "Informal lending amongst friends and relatives: Can microcredit compete in rural China?," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 21(4), pages 544-556, December.
    4. Hartarska, Valentina & Nadolnyak, Denis, 2008. "Does rating help microfinance institutions raise funds? Cross-country evidence," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 17(4), pages 558-571, October.
    5. Turvey, Calum G. & Kong, Rong, 2008. "Vulnerability, Trust and Microcredit: The Case of China?s Rural Poor," Working Paper Series RP2008/52, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    6. Hartarska, Valentina & Nadolnyak, Denis, 2008. "An Impact Analysis of Microfinance in Bosnia and Herzegovina," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(12), pages 2605-2619, December.
    7. Valentina Hartarska & Denis Nadolnyak, 2007. "An Impact Analysis of Microfinance in Bosnia and Herzegovina," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp915, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.

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