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Macroeconomics Of Microfinance: How Do The Channels Work?

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Executive Summary

Recent changes in the microfinance landscape are characterized by increasing patterns of its integration with national financial systems and entry of commercial banks. Microfinance is no longer perceived as an isolated marginal sector of informal intermediation but rather constitutes particular lower-end segment of the broader financial system. Addressing the limited research on the interaction of microfinance with the broader economy the author aims to reveal whether and how microfinance is transferred to growth through the identification of causality.

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