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Group lending with correlated project outcomes


  • Katzur, Tomek
  • Lensink, Robert


This paper shows that positive correlation between project outcomes may improve the efficiency of microfinance group lending contracts.

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  • Katzur, Tomek & Lensink, Robert, 2012. "Group lending with correlated project outcomes," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(2), pages 445-447.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:2:p:445-447 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.06.032

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    1. Ahlin, Christian & Townsend, Robert M., 2007. "Selection into and across credit contracts: Theory and field research," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 136(2), pages 665-698, February.
    2. Ghatak, Maitreesh, 2000. "Screening by the Company You Keep: Joint Liability Lending and the Peer Selection Effect," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 110(465), pages 601-631, July.
    3. Laffont, Jean-Jacques, 2003. "Collusion and group lending with adverse selection," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(2), pages 329-348, April.
    4. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay & Maitreesh Ghatak & Robert Lensink, 2005. "Joint Liability Lending and the Peer Selection Effect," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 115(506), pages 1005-1015, October.
    5. Stiglitz, Joseph E & Weiss, Andrew, 1981. "Credit Rationing in Markets with Imperfect Information," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 71(3), pages 393-410, June.
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    Cited by:

    1. P Simmons (York) & N Tantisantiwong (Southampton), 2014. "Default and Risk Premia in Microfinance Group Lending," Discussion Papers 14/28, Department of Economics, University of York.
    2. Peter Simmons & Nongnuch Tantisantiwong, 2018. "Evaluation of Individual and Group Lending under Asymmetric information," Discussion Papers 18/01, Department of Economics, University of York.
    3. Thilo Klein, 2015. "Does Anti-Diversification Pay? A One-Sided Matching Model of Microcredit," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1521, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
    4. Flatnes, Jon Einar & Carter, Michael R., 2016. "A little skin in the microfinance game: reducing moral hazard in joint liability group lending through a mandatory collateral requirement," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts 236157, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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    Microfinance; Group lending; Adverse selection; Correlated project outcomes;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General


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