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Cost Efficient Joint Liability Lending

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  • Ralph-C Bayer

    () (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

  • Sujiphong Shatragom

    () (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

Abstract

Traditional micro-lending schemes suffer from high transaction costs relative to the loan size, which renders many small loans uneconomical. This paper proposes an alternative lending protocol with lower transaction costs and shows that in theory repayment rates are not compromised. We then use laboratory experiments to confirm this finding. Finally we conclude that our lending protocol if implemented could improve social welfare by reducing transaction cost.

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  • Ralph-C Bayer & Sujiphong Shatragom, 2013. "Cost Efficient Joint Liability Lending," School of Economics Working Papers 2013-23, University of Adelaide, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:2013-23
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    Keywords

    microfinance; group lending; group liability; joint liability.;

    JEL classification:

    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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