Regulate Microcredit to Protect Borrowers
22 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2009
Date Written: September 1, 2009
Private for-profit companies are playing an ever-larger role in the microcredit industry. The volatile combination of profit seeking companies, minimal competition, and vulnerable, ill-informed, ill-educated borrowers has opened up dangerous potential for exploiting the poor. Expecting microcredit organizations to exercise self-restraint and self-regulation is naively optimistic and will not work. Regulation is needed to protect the microcredit clients in three areas: transparency, interest rate ceiling, and loan recovery practices.
Keywords: Microcredit, regulation, transparency, interest rate ceiling
JEL Classification: G28, O10, M10, I30
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