On the Allocative Performance of Rotative Savings and Credit Associations
AbstractThis paper examines the allocative performance of rotating savings and credit associations (roscas), a financial institution which is observed world-wide. We develop a model in which individuals save for an indivisible good and study roscas which distribute funds using random allocation and bidding. The allocations achieved by the two types of rosca are compared with that achieved by a credit market and with efficient allocations more generally. We find that neither type of rosca is efficient and that agents are better off with a credit market than a bidding rosca. Nonetheless, a random rosca may sometimes yield a higher level of ex ante expected utility to prospective participants than would a credit market.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Boston University, Institute for Economic Development in its series Boston University - Institute for Economic Development with number 26.
Date of creation: Jul 1992
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- Besley, T. & Coate, S. & Loury, G., 1992. "On the Allocative Performance of Rotating Savings and Credit Associations," Papers 163, Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School - Development Studies.
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