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Outreach and Efficiency of Microfinance Institutions

  • Meesters, Aljar
  • Lensink, Robert
  • Hermes, Niels

    (Groningen University)

This paper uses stochastic frontier analysis (SFA) to examine whether there is a trade-off between outreach to the poor and efficiency of microfinance institutions (MFIs). Using a sample of more than 1,300 observations, our study suggests that outreach and efficiency of MFIs are indeed negatively correlated.

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Paper provided by University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management) in its series Research Report with number 08002.

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