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Sustainability and organizational design in informal groups, with some evidence from Kenyan Roscas

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  • Anderson, Siwan

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    (Department of Economics, University of British Columbia)

  • Baland, Jean-Marie

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    (CRED, University of Namur)

  • Moene, Karl O.

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    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

Abstract

Informal groups cannot rely on external enforcement to insure that members abide by their obligations. It is generally assumed that these problems are solved by "social sanctions" and reputational effects. The present paper focuses on roscas, one of the most commonly found informal financial institutions in the developing world. We first show that, in the absence of an external (social) sanctioning mechanism, roscas are never sustainable, even if the defecting member is excluded from all future roscas. We then argue that the organizational structure of the rosca itself can be designed so as to reduce the severity of enforcement issues. The implications of our analysis are tested against first-hand evidence from rosca groups in a Kenyan slum.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 17/2003.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: 05 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2003_017

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Keywords: Roscas; informal financial institutions; developing world;

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  1. Ozgur Emre Ergungor, 2010. "Bank Branch Presence and Access to Credit in Low- to Moderate-Income Neighborhoods," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 42(7), pages 1321-1349, October.

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