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Financial inclusion of the poor in Peru: explanatory factors and determinants

Financial inclusion of the poor in Peru: explanatory factors and determinants

Marr, Ana, León, Janina and Ponce, Fátima (2012) Financial inclusion of the poor in Peru: explanatory factors and determinants. In: Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and Latin American Meeting of the Econometric Society (LAMES): 2012 Annual Meetings, 1-3 Nov 2012, Universidad del Pacifico at Lima, Peru.

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Abstract

Following current debate about possible trade-off between financial sustainability and social performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs), this paper explores the extent to which these institutions are capable of expanding ‘financial inclusion’, i.e. provision of financial access to those with no prior access to the financial system. By looking at one of the most dynamic microfinance markets in the world, Peru, the study analyses the factors that help explain the degree of financial inclusion by MFIs of previously-excluded clients, usually poor people. The research shows that statistically significant determinants of financial inclusion are related to MFIs’ asset value, maturity, and number of branches. Importantly, it is also found that alliances established by MFIs with nationwide domestic financial institutions contribute to MFIs’ ability to reach a greater number of people, while there is no statistical significance about the specific economic activity in which the micro-credit is used. Consequently, research findings support our policy recommendations of introducing mechanisms to help strengthen MFIs’ assets and their ability to engage in working relations with other actors in the microfinance system including, according to resource availability, an expansion of number of branches.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] Presented at Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and Latin American Meeting of the Econometric Society (LAMES): 2012 Annual Meetings, held 1-3 November 2012, Universidad del Pacifico at Lima, Peru. Session: Credit in developing countries.
Uncontrolled Keywords: microfinance, poverty, Peru
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Development Studies Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:23
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9327

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