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Outreach and Mission Drift in Microfinance: An Interpretation of the New Trend

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  • Maurizio Caserta

    () (University of Catania)

  • Francesco Reito

    () (University of Catania)

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This paper presents a theoretical description of some of the recent developments in the financial programs offered by microfinance institutions (MFIs). We show that even under for-profit MFIs, there is not necessarily a crowding out of the poorest microentrepreneurs, and that MFIs may optimally choose to offer both joint liability contracts (to poor borrowers) and individual liability contracts (to wealthier borrowers).

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  • Maurizio Caserta & Francesco Reito, 2013. "Outreach and Mission Drift in Microfinance: An Interpretation of the New Trend," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 167-178.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00664
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    Keywords

    Individual liability lending; joint liability lending; outreach; mission drift; for-profit microfinance institutions;

    JEL classification:

    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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