Microcredit: Fulfilling or Belying the Universalist Morality of Globalizing Markets?

38 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2002

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Kenneth Anderson

American University - Washington College of Law


Microcredit is a widely practiced, widely revered technique of international development. It aims to increase incomes of the poor by giving them access to capital which can be used to create small businesses or other productive economic activity. Microcredit, despite its partly "market" approach to the capital needs of the poor, has a deeply ambivalent relationship with global capital and globalizing markets. It is an open question whether microcredit is an activity aimed at extending global markets by drawing the world's poor into them, or whether instead it seeks to be a mechanism creating "faux" markets which compensate the poor for their exclusion from world markets. Microcredit is both an extension of, and remedy for, the logic of global markets.

Keywords: Microcredit, globalization, global markets, microfinance, global capital, nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, international development, poverty, world people, women and poverty, NGO

JEL Classification: I3, L3, N8, O1, O2, P1, Z1

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Kenneth, Microcredit: Fulfilling or Belying the Universalist Morality of Globalizing Markets?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=319735 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.319735

Kenneth Anderson (Contact Author)

American University - Washington College of Law ( email )

4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

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