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An empirical study of microfinance social performance

An empirical study of microfinance social performance

Awaworyi, Sefa and Marr, Ana (2012) An empirical study of microfinance social performance. In: The 3rd International Microfinance Conference, 31 Jan 2012, University of Greenwich, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Over the years, microfinance has been purported to have experienced enormous amounts of progress and is seen to contribute towards poverty reduction, however, the question on how microfinance social performance is assessed remains unresolved. Several studies have emerged with the aim of appraising the social performance of microfinance as well as enriching the debate on performance assessment. However, most of these studies focus on either measuring the impacts on beneficiaries or on taking the subjective perspective of practitioners, respectively. By contrast, this paper attempts to bridge these two schools of thought and resorts to a quantitative approach for assessing the social performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs) based on an externally-audited set of indicators of social performance, which warrants objectivity and reliability of information. Thus, the paper presents a comprehensive analytical structure of the social performance made by MFIs using panel data. The paper identifies indicators for social performance and develops a social performance rating for 878 MFIs, across all geographic regions each year for a period of 11 years (2000-2010) using quantitative methodologies. Furthermore, with the generated social performance ratings and with the use of econometric methodologies and models, 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.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] Paper given at the 3rd International Microfinance Conference took place at the University of Greenwich, London, UK. Main research findings of the Leverhulme-funded project 'Optimising the Dual Goals of Microfinance' were presented alongside research on global financial crises and the social performance of microfinance. Principal Investigator: Dr Ana Marr.
Uncontrolled Keywords: microfinance, social performance, global index
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Centre for Business Network Analysis
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:18
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/7417

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