Microfinance: its Impact, Outreach and Sustainability

N. Hermes, B.W. Lensink

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This symposium brings together recent empirical contributions with respect to a number of related and highly relevant issues on the economics of microfinance. In particular, the contributions provide answers to the following two main questions: (1) does microfinance have an impact on the social and economic situation of the poor in developing nations; and (2) are microfinance institutions sustainable in the long term and is there a trade-off between sustainability and outreach?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)875-881
JournalWorld Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • northeast thailand
  • credit programs
  • panel-data
  • bangladesh
  • institutions
  • efficiency
  • benefits
  • poverty
  • gender

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