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Development of Bank Microcredit

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We analyze the process by which banks enter the microcredit market while still engaging in traditional credit practices. For this we study a competitive credit market with adverse selection, where lenders are endowed with a screening technology capable of extracting an informative signal about a borrower's quality if enough time is devoted to process the loan application. The time necessary for signal extraction depends on the borrower's informational transparency. In the presence of opaque and transparent borrowers, depending on economy parameters, either a separating equilibrium with standard credit or microcredit prevails or a pooling equilibrium with either loan contract prevails.

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  • JJ. Cao-Alvira & LG Deidda, 2019. "Development of Bank Microcredit," Working Paper CRENoS 201905, Centre for North South Economic Research, University of Cagliari and Sassari, Sardinia.
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    Keywords

    screening; Opaqueness; Microcredit; Bank MFI; asymmetric information;
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    JEL classification:

    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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