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Evaluating microfinance: academic irrelevance

Rashid, Salim (2012) Evaluating microfinance: academic irrelevance. School of Economics, the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

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Additional Information: Description The choice of Microfinance (MF) by the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as the primary means of poverty alleviation should have brought clarity to the role and functioning of MF, but instead it seems to have generated a fog. It is desirable to take a fresh look and start from first principles to clear the air. Microfinance is micro finance---it is finance writ small. If finance works, microfinance works. Much of the difficulty has been created by academics and arises from scholars treating MF as though it is some new economic phenomenon. With a series of specific questions, and with the Bangladeshi case in mind,it will be argued that many of the interesting and constructive questions have not been on the research agenda. Instead, the attempt to rely on randomized controlled trials is serving to distract.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Economics
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2013 02:43
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2017 02:43

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