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The Price of Deposit Liquidity: Banks versus Microfinance Institutions

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  • Carolina Laureti
  • Ariane Szafarz

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Using data from Bangladesh, this paper finds that the liquidity premium—the difference between the interest paid on illiquid and liquid savings accounts—is higher in commercial banks than in microfinance institutions. One possible interpretation lies in the higher prevalence of time-inconsistency among the poor. The observed difference in liquidity premia could be due to poor time-inconsistent agents willing to forgo interest on illiquid savings accounts in order to discipline their future selves.

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  • Carolina Laureti & Ariane Szafarz, 2016. "The Price of Deposit Liquidity: Banks versus Microfinance Institutions," Working Papers CEB 16-013, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    1. Cozarenco, Anastasia & Hudon, Marek & Szafarz, Ariane, 2016. "What type of microfinance institutions supply savings products?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 140(C), pages 57-59.
    2. Carolina Laureti, 2017. "Why do Poor People Co-hold Debt and Liquid Savings?," Working Papers CEB 17-007, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    3. Marc Labie & Carolina Laureti & Ariane Szafarz, 2016. "Discipline and Flexibility: A Behavioral Perspective on Product Design in Microfinance," Working Papers CEB 15-020, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    4. Carolina Laureti, 2015. "The Debt Puzzle in Dhaka’s Slums: Do Poor People Co-hold for Liquidity Needs?," Working Papers CEB 15-021, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

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    Keywords

    liquidity premium; present-bias; banks; microfinance; Bangladesh;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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