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Credit Upgrades and Inclusive Growth: Examining the Links

29 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2015 Last revised: 6 Aug 2015

Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Katherine M. Peralta

Asian Institute of Management - Policy Center; Ateneo de Manila University

Enrico Gloria

Asian Institute of Management

Date Written: May 1, 2015

Abstract

This paper examines some of the channels through which some of the anticipated benefits from the 2013-2015 Philippine credit upgrades are expected to flow to poor and low income households. It identifies financial inclusion as an important ingredient in further boosting economic growth and improving its inclusiveness, notably as far as its poverty reduction impact is concerned. Nevertheless, this paper finds evidence that the credit market is still highly segmented, and non-inclusive for the vast majority of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) and low income households in the Philippines. It is also likely that Philippine public sector investments are not yet as strong as could be programmed — leading to possible underinvestment in public goods. And because some key public goods can also disproportionally benefit the poor and low income population, then this also signals a severe disconnect between the credit upgrades and the vast majority of the population that hopes to benefit from them.

Keywords: credit upgrade, SMEs, micro-lending, financial inclusion, inclusive growth

JEL Classification: G21, L53, O20

Suggested Citation

Mendoza, Ronald U. and Peralta, Katherine M. and Gloria, Enrico, Credit Upgrades and Inclusive Growth: Examining the Links (May 1, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2600388 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2600388

Ronald U. Mendoza (Contact Author)

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Katipunan Road
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Katherine M. Peralta

Asian Institute of Management - Policy Center ( email )

Eugenio Lopez Foundation Bldg
Joseph McMicking Campus, 123 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City
Philippines

Ateneo de Manila University ( email )

Katipunan Avenue, Loyolo Heights
Quezon, Metro Manila 1108
Philippines

Enrico Gloria

Asian Institute of Management ( email )

123 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines

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