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MICROFINANCE SOCIAL PERFORMANCE:A GLOBAL EMPIRICAL STUDY

Ana Marr and Sefa Awaworyi

Applied Econometrics and International Development, 2012, vol. 12, issue 2

Abstract: Over the years, microfinance has been purported to have experienced enormous progress and is seen to contribute towards poverty reduction by extending finance to people previously excluded from formal financial markets. However, the question on how microfinance social performance is assessed remains unresolved. The paper develops an original social performance rating for 878 microfinance institutions (MFIs), across all geographic regions in the world for a period of 11 years (2000-2010). Furthermore, the paper investigates whether or not the age, assets, regulation status, loans per loan officers, as well as the profit status of MFIs affect MFIs’ ability to perform socially.

Keywords: Microfinance; social performance; measurement index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 F34 I32 C01 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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