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Efficiency of Microfinance Institutions: A Data Envelopment Analysis


Mamiza Haq


University of Queensland - Finance; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Michael T. Skully


Monash University - Department of Accounting and Finance; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Shams Pathan


The University of Queensland; University of Queensland - Business School; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

September 30, 2009

Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
This study examines the cost efficiency of 39 microfinance institutions across Africa, Asia and the Latin America using non-parametric data envelopment analysis. Our findings show non-governmental microfinance institutions particularly; under production approach, are the most efficient and this result is consistent with their fulfillment of dual objectives: alleviating poverty and simultaneously achieving financial sustainability. However, bank-microfinance institutions also outperform in the measure of efficiency under intermediation approach. This result reflects that banks are the financial intermediaries and have access to local capital market. It may be possible that bank-microfinance institutions may outperform the non-governmental microfinance institutions in the long run.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: Africa, Asia, Data Envelopment Analysis, Efficiency, Latin America, Microfinance institutions

JEL Classification: G21, H21

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Date posted: May 16, 2009 ; Last revised: January 4, 2014

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Haq, Mamiza and Skully, Michael T. and Pathan, Shams, Efficiency of Microfinance Institutions: A Data Envelopment Analysis (September 30, 2009). Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1405709

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Mamiza Haq (Contact Author)
University of Queensland - Finance ( email )
Australia
Financial Research Network (FIRN) ( email )
C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

Michael T. Skully
Monash University - Department of Accounting and Finance ( email )
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Caulfield East, Victoria 3145
Australia
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Financial Research Network (FIRN)
C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia
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Shams Pathan
The University of Queensland ( email ) ( email )
C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Brisbane, 4072
Australia
HOME PAGE: http://www.business.uq.edu.au/staff/staff_details?name=spathan&action=show_all

University of Queensland - Business School ( email )
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia
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HOME PAGE: http://www.business.uq.edu.au/staff/details/shams-pathan
Financial Research Network (FIRN) ( email ) ( email )
C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Brisbane, 4072
Australia
HOME PAGE: http://www.business.uq.edu.au/staff/staff_details?name=spathan&action=show_all

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