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Contingent Loan Repayment in the Philippines

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  • Marcel Fafchamps
  • Flore Gubert

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Using data from the Philippines, this paper seeks to understand how households in the study area apparently manage to avoid falling in a debt trap in spite of frequent borrowing. Findings suggest this is achieved via three institutional features. First, most informal debt carries no interest. As we show in the conceptual section, charging zero interest makes a debt trap impossible. Second, for all debts, repayment is postponed in case of borrower`s difficulty; this is the only insurance feature of debt repayment. Third, while debt principal is seldom forgiven or reduced, interest-bearing debt does not carry additional interest if debt repayment is delayed. This prevents interest charges from accumulating and debt from snowballing.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number 215.

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Keywords: Debt Repayment; Informal Credit; Risk Sharing; Labor Bonding;

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  1. Fafchamps, Marcel & Gubert, Flore, 2007. "The formation of risk sharing networks," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 83(2), pages 326-350, July.
  2. Marie Godquin & Manohar Sharma, 2005. "If only I could borrow more! Production and consumption credit constraints in the Philippines," Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques bla05008, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1).
  3. Landmann, Andreas & Vollan, Björn & Frölich, Markus, 2011. "Saving, Microinsurance: Why You Should Do Both or Nothing. A Behavioral Experiment on the Philippines," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Berlin 2011 51, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.

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