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Religious Practice and Microcredit: Literature Review and Research Directions (English version)


  • Arvind ASHTA

    () (Holder of the Banque Populaire Chair in Microfinance, Burgundy School of Business (Groupe ESC Dijon-Bourgogne), CEREN, CERMi)

  • Rosita De SELVA

    () (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sciences religieuses)-CEMAF (Centre d'Etudes des Mondes Africains), Paris; Prof. Social Anthropology, Sociology Department, University of Burgundy)


Little work has been done in the conjunction of Microfinance and Religion. This paper explores the findings of the extant research. It then provides future research directions on a number of subjects within this broad area, available for researchers from a large number of fields: anthropology, theology, sociology, representations and systems of thought, development economics, finance, and business management.

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  • Arvind ASHTA & Rosita De SELVA, 2012. "Religious Practice and Microcredit: Literature Review and Research Directions (English version)," Postmodern Openings, Editura Lumen, Department of Economics, vol. 8, pages 33-44, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:lum:rev3rl:v:8:y:2012:i::p:33-44

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    Cited by:

    1. R. Casselman & Linda Sama & Abraham Stefanidis, 2015. "Differential Social Performance of Religiously-Affiliated Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Base of Pyramid (BoP) Markets," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 132(3), pages 539-552, December.

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    Religion; business; microfinance; microcredit; entrepreneurship; development;

    JEL classification:

    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion


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