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Franchising Microfinance


  • Amit Bubna
  • Bhagwan Chowdhry


Financial intermediaries worldwide are seeking mechanisms for participating in micro lending. Using informed "local capitalists" as bank's on-lenders fails due to borrowers' incentive to default with multiple credit sources. A coalition of local capitalists may not resolve the problem in the presence of a monopoly moneylender with superior skills in lending and enforcement. A credible competitive threat to the moneylender can only arise if the local capitalist coalition also provides information sharing benefits that lower their cost of lending vis-à-vis the moneylender. Franchising allows local capitalists to form such a coalition. We analyze conditions under which welfare-enhancing franchising would obtain. Copyright 2010, Oxford University Press.

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  • Amit Bubna & Bhagwan Chowdhry, 2010. "Franchising Microfinance," Review of Finance, European Finance Association, vol. 14(3), pages 451-476.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revfin:v:14:y:2010:i:3:p:451-476

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    5. Tchakoute Tchuigoua, Hubert, 2016. "Buffer capital in microfinance institutions," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 69(9), pages 3523-3537.

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