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An analysis of transaction costs of Islamic banks in rural Iran


  • S. Safdar Hosseini

    (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran)

  • Mohammed Khaledi

    (Agricultural Research and Education Organization (AREO), Rural Research Institute, Tehran, Iran)

  • Richard Gray

    (Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada)


This study measures transaction costs of obtaining credit from Islamic banks. Data were collected from rural households in Iran. The factors affecting transaction costs and the probability of accessing Islamic financial markets are investigated. Similar to conventional financial institutions found in other developing countries, Iranian banks impose high transaction costs that limit poor rural household access to credit. The results reveal that the transaction costs of gaining credit are on average equivalent to an additional 13.8% annual interest cost. The contractual form, the size of credit, the borrower distance from a financial center, and the experience and education level of the borrower are important determinants of the transactions costs. [EconLit Citations: D230, R510, G210]. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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  • S. Safdar Hosseini & Mohammed Khaledi & Richard Gray, 2009. "An analysis of transaction costs of Islamic banks in rural Iran," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(3), pages 291-313.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:25:y:2009:i:3:p:291-313
    DOI: 10.1002/agr.20211

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