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To switch or not to switch - Can individual lending do better in microfinance than group lending?

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  • Helke Waelde

    () (Department of Economics, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Germany)

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These days it has been witnessed, that banks other individual loans instead of group loans and develop products based on individual liability in developing coun- tries. In order to study this surprising turn, we expand the conventional approach on decision making of individuals. A social prestige function is introduced that re- ‡ects the non-monetary impacts of group membership on the individual and on her decisions. If a borrower possesses more than a critical level of wealth, it is optimal for her to switch to individual borrowing. From a welfare perspective, a mixture of individual and group loans is desirable. However, the average borrower switches from group to individual lending too soon.

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  • Helke Waelde, 2011. "To switch or not to switch - Can individual lending do better in microfinance than group lending?," Working Papers 1106, Gutenberg School of Management and Economics, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, revised 07 Mar 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:jgu:wpaper:1106
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    JEL classification:

    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions

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