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Value chain microfinance


Casaburi, Lorenzo; Willis, Jack (2024). Value chain microfinance. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 40(1):160-175.

Abstract

We study the provision of financial services to small firms, consumers, and workers in developing countries as part of value chain relationships: value chain microfinance (VCMF). We first explore how VCMF can both overcome barriers to financial access—including asymmetric information, enforcement, and behavioural biases—and strengthen value chains, but also how it can introduce new challenges. We then review a recent empirical literature at the intersection of value chains and microfinance, studying the demand for and effects of VCMF in credit, insurance, and savings markets. We conclude by highlighting promising directions for future work.

Abstract

We study the provision of financial services to small firms, consumers, and workers in developing countries as part of value chain relationships: value chain microfinance (VCMF). We first explore how VCMF can both overcome barriers to financial access—including asymmetric information, enforcement, and behavioural biases—and strengthen value chains, but also how it can introduce new challenges. We then review a recent empirical literature at the intersection of value chains and microfinance, studying the demand for and effects of VCMF in credit, insurance, and savings markets. We conclude by highlighting promising directions for future work.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Management, monitoring, policy and law, economics and econometrics
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Date:18 March 2024
Deposited On:19 Mar 2024 10:50
Last Modified:30 Jun 2024 03:42
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0266-903X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/grad052
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