Microfinance and savings among the poor: evidence from Bangladesh microfinance sector

Microfinance and savings among the poor: evidence from Bangladesh microfinance sector Despite rapid financial development, the coverage of the formal banking sector and population holding deposit accounts in Bangladesh (53.7 %) is still below the global average (62 %). As a consequence, Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) have started providing financial services to these large section of people who have little access to finance otherwise. This paper examines empirically the impact of MFIs on the savings of poor in Bangladesh using the data from Microcredit Regulatory Authority database. The sample comprises 719 MFIs with data over the period, 2007–2012. The results show that MFI numbers and number of branches are positively associated with saving in the sector, which supports the institutional savings theory that posits that availability of financial institutions shapes saving behavior of people. Also, number of employees and number of borrowers positively affect saving. These findings from a large database contributes to the literature on the impact MFIs on savings behavior. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

Microfinance and savings among the poor: evidence from Bangladesh microfinance sector

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Social Sciences; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11135-016-0342-1
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Abstract

Despite rapid financial development, the coverage of the formal banking sector and population holding deposit accounts in Bangladesh (53.7 %) is still below the global average (62 %). As a consequence, Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) have started providing financial services to these large section of people who have little access to finance otherwise. This paper examines empirically the impact of MFIs on the savings of poor in Bangladesh using the data from Microcredit Regulatory Authority database. The sample comprises 719 MFIs with data over the period, 2007–2012. The results show that MFI numbers and number of branches are positively associated with saving in the sector, which supports the institutional savings theory that posits that availability of financial institutions shapes saving behavior of people. Also, number of employees and number of borrowers positively affect saving. These findings from a large database contributes to the literature on the impact MFIs on savings behavior.

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Quality & QuantitySpringer Journals

Published: Apr 8, 2016

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