Relationship Lending in Microcredit: Evidence from Bangladesh
AbstractWe use primary data compiled from the field in 34 randomly selected villages in Bangladesh to examine the role of bank-borrower relationships in the application and approval stages of microcredit. We find evidence that potential borrowers who have maintained membership for a long time, and who have non-mandatory saving accounts and a successful track record of previous loans are more likely to apply, and be approved, for individual as well as group loans. Having a relationship with multiple lenders increases the probability of applying for a loan but reduces the probability of being approved for it. We also provide evidence that it is the large (rather than small) microfinance institutions who rely more on relationship metrics.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Purdue University, Department of Consumer Sciences in its series Working Papers with number 1003.
Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2010
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Microcredit; relationships; credit constraint; adverse selection; peer monitoring;
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- G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
- O16 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
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