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Defining Social Collateral in Microfinance Group Lending

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  • Luminita Postelnicu
  • Niels Hermes
  • Ariane Szafarz

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Microfinance group lending with joint liability allows asset-poor individuals to replace physical collateral by social collateral. The literature on microfinance lacks a rigid framework for analyzing the consequences of using social collateral for borrowing behavior and repayment. This paper fills the gap by providing a theoretical framework to evaluate the impact of social collateral pledged by group borrowers on group lending repayment. Our approach is novel as we take into account the external ties of group borrowers, i.e. the social ties linking borrowers to non-borrowers from their community, whereas previous work in this field has looked solely at internal ties (i.e. between group members). One of the important features of our model is that we stress the impact of network configuration on the amount of social collateral pledged. Our model shows why the group lending methodology works better in rural areas than in urban areas, namely because rural social networks are typically denser than urban ones, which results in higher social collateral.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers CEB with number 13-050.

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Length: 31 p.
Date of creation: 19 Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:sol:wpaper:2013/152950

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Keywords: Social Capital; Social Collateral; Group Lending; Repayment Performance;

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