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Economic Freedom And The Success Of Microfinance Institutions

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  • PETER CRABB

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    (School of Business and Economics, Northwest Nazarene University, 623 Holly Street, Nampa, ID 83686, USA)

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This study looks at the relationship between the success of microfinance institutions and the degree of economic freedom in their host countries. Many microfinance institutions are currently not self-sustaining, and both theoretical and empirical work suggests that the economic environment in which they operate is an important factor in their ability to reach this goal, furthering the mission of outreach to the poor. The sustainability of the microfinance institutions is analyzed here using a large cross-section of institutions and countries. The results show that microfinance institutions operate primarily in countries with a relatively low degree of overall economic freedom and that government intervention in the economy can reduce their sustainability.

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.

Volume (Year): 13 (2008)
Issue (Month): 02 ()
Pages: 205-219

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Handle: RePEc:wsi:jdexxx:v:13:y:2008:i:02:p:205-219

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Keywords: Microfinance; economic development; poverty reduction; economic policy;

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Cited by:
  1. Virginie Allaire & Arvind Ashta & Laurence Attuel-Mendes & Karuna Krishnaswamy, 2009. "Institutional Analysis to explain the Success of Moroccan Microfinance Institutions," Working Papers CEB 09-057.RS, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  2. Boehe, Dirk Michael & Barin Cruz, Luciano, 2013. "Gender and Microfinance Performance: Why Does the Institutional Context Matter?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 121-135.
  3. Irene Akuamoah Boateng & Albert Agyei, 2013. "Microfinance in Ghana: Development, Success Factors and Challenges," International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, vol. 3(4), pages 153-160, October.

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