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Record number 412667
Title Outreach and Efficiency of Microfinance Institutions
Author(s) Hermes, N.; Lensink, B.W.; Meesters, A.
Source World Development 39 (2011)6. - ISSN 0305-750X - p. 938 - 948.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2009.10.018
Department(s) Development Economics Group
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) technical efficiency - bank efficiency - cost efficiency - sustainability
Abstract This paper uses stochastic frontier analysis to examine whether there is a trade-off between outreach to the poor and efficiency of microfinance institutions (MFIs). We find convincing evidence that outreach is negatively related to efficiency of MFIs. More specifically, we find that MFIs that have a lower average loan balance (a measure of the depth of outreach) are also less efficient. Moreover, we find evidence showing that MFIs that have more women borrowers as clients (again a measure of the depth of outreach) are less efficient. These results remain robustly significant after having added a number of control variables.
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