International Diversification and Microfinance

22 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2009

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Rients Galema

Utrecht University - School of Economics

Robert Lensink

University of Groningen - Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance; Wageningen UR - Development Economics Group

Laura Spierdijk

University of Twente - Department of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences - Financial Engineering section

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Date Written: May 1, 2009

Abstract

International commercial banks, institutional investors, and private investors have become increasingly interested in financing microfinance institutions (MFIs). This paper investigates whether adding microfinance funds to a portfolio of risky international assets yields diversification gains. By using mean-variance spanning tests with short-sale constraints, the paper indicates that investing in microfinance may be attractive for investors seeking a better risk-return profile. More specifically, the analysis suggests that investing in MFIs from Latin America, or microfinance and rural banks may yield more efficient portfolios. In contrast, adding MFIs from Africa or microfinance NGOs to a benchmark portfolio of international assets does not seem beneficial for a mean-variance investor.

Suggested Citation

Galema, Rients and Lensink, Robert and Spierdijk, Laura, International Diversification and Microfinance (May 1, 2009). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 05/2009-023, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1509332 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1509332

Rients Galema

Utrecht University - School of Economics ( email )

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Robert Lensink (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance ( email )

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Wageningen UR - Development Economics Group ( email )

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Laura Spierdijk

University of Twente - Department of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences - Financial Engineering section ( email )

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Netherlands

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