Fair interest rates when lending to the poor: Are fair prices derived from basic principles of justice?
AbstractThis paper addresses the fairness of prices, with a focus on fair interest rates as they apply to microlending transactions for the poor. Under different assumptions on fairness in interest rate policies and the principles of justice as described in A Theory of Justice (Rawsl, 1976), the paper determines the extent of the ‘just’ range of a price. Using the original notion of fair reservation price and fair bargaining range, it is shown that some unfair considerations can make the fair bargaining range negative. Therefore, we propose an additional criterion for fairness: a fair distribution of the benefits within the fair bargaining range between borrowers and lenders. This new criterion is particularly useful and relevant, at minimum, for socially-minded ones active on the microfinance markets.
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justice; microfinance; interest rate; principles.;
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2006-07-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-FMK-2006-07-28 (Financial Markets)
- NEP-HPE-2006-07-28 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-MFD-2006-07-28 (Microfinance)
- NEP-PKE-2006-07-28 (Post Keynesian Economics)
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