Measuring Microfinance Access: Building on Existing Cross-Country Data

32 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2005

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Patrick Honohan

Independent; Trinity College Dublin - Department of Economics; Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: May 2005

Abstract

Given the acknowledged need for a new effort to expand the set of available data on direct access to financial services, including a focus on access by those at low income, the paper provides a selective review of the diverse sources of data that exist and considers how best to build upon them. It proposes a basic framework within which the analysis of the interesting questions: (i) how does access affect poverty and productivity and (ii) what hinders access, can be considered. The existing and potential contribution of user surveys, both household and business, as well as from surveys of providers and their regulators, and of experts is discussed with an assessment of their relative strengths.

Suggested Citation

Honohan, Patrick and Honohan, Patrick, Measuring Microfinance Access: Building on Existing Cross-Country Data (May 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=753568 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.753568

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