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Do Microloan Officers Want to Lend to the Less Advantaged? Evidence from a Choice Experiment


  • Sagamba, MoÏse
  • Shchetinin, Oleg
  • Yusupov, Nurmukhammad


The mission of microfinance is generally perceived as compensation for the failure of the mainstream financial institutions to deliver access to finance to the poor. Microloan officers are central players in microloan origination process. We conduct a choice experiment in Burundi, one of the poorest countries in the world, to determine whether the poorer and more deprived are indeed given preference by microloan officers. The results suggest that the less advantaged individuals have just slightly higher chances of being granted a loan. Surprisingly, we find very little difference between the preferences of microloan officers of nonprofit and for-profit MFIs.

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  • Sagamba, MoÏse & Shchetinin, Oleg & Yusupov, Nurmukhammad, 2013. "Do Microloan Officers Want to Lend to the Less Advantaged? Evidence from a Choice Experiment," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 182-198.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:42:y:2013:i:c:p:182-198
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.06.019

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    1. Jia, Xiangping & Cull, Robert & Guo, Pei & Ma, Tao, 2016. "Commercialization and mission drift: Evidence from a large Chinese microfinance institution," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 17-32.
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    microfinance; choice experiment; microloan officers; nonprofit organizations;

    JEL classification:

    • C83 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Survey Methods; Sampling Methods
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • L31 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs; Social Entrepreneurship
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa


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