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The Microfinance Schism

  • Morduch, J.

Leadind advocates for microfinance have put forward an enticing "win-win" proposition: microfinance institutions that follow the principles of good banking will also be those that alleviate the most poverty. A key tenet is that poor households demand access to credit, not cheap credit. This vision has been translated into "best practices" that have been circulated widely.

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Paper provided by Harvard - Institute for International Development in its series Papers with number 626.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:harvid:626
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  1. Navajas, Sergio & Schreiner, Mark & Meyer, Richard L. & Gonzalez-vega, Claudio & Rodriguez-meza, Jorge, 2000. "Microcredit and the Poorest of the Poor: Theory and Evidence from Bolivia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 28(2), pages 333-346, February.
  2. Morduch, Jonathan, 1998. "Poverty, economic growth, and average exit time," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 59(3), pages 385-390, June.
  3. Jonathan Morduch, 1999. "The Microfinance Promise," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 37(4), pages 1569-1614, December.
  4. Banerjee, Abhijit V & Newman, Andrew F, 1994. "Poverty, Incentives, and Development," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 84(2), pages 211-15, May.
  5. Foster, James & Greer, Joel & Thorbecke, Erik, 1984. "A Class of Decomposable Poverty Measures," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 52(3), pages 761-66, May.
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