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The Impact of Social Beliefs on Microfinance Performance
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2015 (English)In: Journal of International Development, ISSN 0954-1748, E-ISSN 1099-1328, Vol. 27, no 7, 1074-1097 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We apply a panel of 331 microfinance institutions from 37 countries to investigate the relationship between social beliefs and microfinance financial performance over the period of 2003-2011. We find that microfinance institutions in countries with higher levels of trust and more collectivist culture have lower operating and default costs and charge lower interest rates. These results provide the first large cross-country evidence that social beliefs are important determinants of microfinance performance.

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2015. Vol. 27, no 7, 1074-1097 p.
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microfinance; performance; informal institutions; trust; collectivism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265893DOI: 10.1002/jid.3053ISI: 000363696200011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-265893DiVA: diva2:866808
Available from: 2015-11-03 Created: 2015-11-03 Last updated: 2015-11-27Bibliographically approved

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