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The Microfinance Schism

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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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  • Morduch, J., 1998. "The Microfinance Schism," Papers 626, Harvard - Institute for International Development.
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    Keywords

    POVERTY ; CREDIT ; SAVINGS ; SUBSIDIES;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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