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Microfinance and common goods: A study of Brazilian community development banks

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  • Marek Hudon
  • Camille Meyer

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Inclusive financial sectors are essential in terms of poverty alleviation. While microcredit can be governed as a private good, self-managed civil society organizations propose an alternative way of managing financial services. Brazil's Community Development Banks (CDBs) are a growing and dynamic manifestations of these nonprofit organizations. Based on field research in Brazil, this article uses the Elinor Ostrom's design principles of successful self-governing common-pool resource institutions to analyze CDBs' microcredit system. Our results suggest that the characteristics of private goods could be reconsidered when they are governed by community self-managed enterprises. They become hybrid goods by mixing the characteristics of private and commons goods. Thus, specific institutional arrangements and the creation of public spaces make it possible to strengthen the community properties of nonprofit microcredit

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  • Marek Hudon & Camille Meyer, 2013. "Microfinance and common goods: A study of Brazilian community development banks," Working Papers CEB 13-049, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    1. Hudon, Marek & Traca, Daniel, 2011. "On the Efficiency Effects of Subsidies in Microfinance: An Empirical Inquiry," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(6), pages 966-973, June.
    2. Hyman P. Minsky & Dimitri B. Papadimitriou & Ronnie J. Phillips & L. Randall Wray, "undated". "Community Development Banking, A Proposal to Establish a Nationwide System of Community Development Banks," Economics Public Policy Brief Archive 3, Levy Economics Institute.
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    2. Anaïs Périlleux & Marthe Nyssens, 2016. "Understanding Cooperative Finance as a New Common," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2016002, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).

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