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Relationship Lending in Microcredit: Evidence from Bangladesh


  • Sugato Chakravarty

    () (Purdue University)

  • Abu Zafar Shahriar

    (Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana)


We use primary data compiled from the field in 34 randomly selected villages in Bangladesh to examine the role of bank-borrower relationships in the application and approval stages of microcredit. We find evidence that potential borrowers who have maintained membership for a long time, and who have non-mandatory saving accounts and a successful track record of previous loans are more likely to apply, and be approved, for individual as well as group loans. Having a relationship with multiple lenders increases the probability of applying for a loan but reduces the probability of being approved for it. We also provide evidence that it is the large (rather than small) microfinance institutions who rely more on relationship metrics.

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  • Sugato Chakravarty & Abu Zafar Shahriar, 2010. "Relationship Lending in Microcredit: Evidence from Bangladesh," Working Papers 1005, Purdue University, Department of Consumer Sciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:csr:wpaper:1005

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    1. Demirguc-Kunt, Asli & Love, Inessa & Maksimovic, Vojislav, 2006. "Business environment and the incorporation decision," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 30(11), pages 2967-2993, November.
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    Microcredit; relationships; credit constraint; adverse selection; peer monitoring;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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