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Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam
This new Open Access book provides a comprehensive analytic contribution to a crucial topic within development economics. Based on fifteen years of continued data collection and research efforts it brings together nine up-to-date studies on... read more
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Working PaperSavings By and For the Poor: A Research Review and Agenda
The poor can and do save, but often use formal or informal instruments that have high risk, high cost, and limited functionality. This could lead to undersaving compared to a world without market or behavioural frictions...Banks and banking Choice Consumption (Economics)
Journal ArticleSavings by and for the Poor: A Research Review and Agenda
Part of Journal Special Issue Poverty, Development, and Behavioral EconomicsBanks and banking Choice Consumption (Economics)
Working PaperThe European Investment Bank: Lessons for Developing Countries
The paper considers the experience of the European Investment Bank and addresses policy lessons for developing countries as they seek finance for development...Banks and banking Economic development Environment
BlogMaking Finance the Servant not the Master
Tony Addison Today, there is much frustration with the financial sector. Society’s precious savings are not being put to the best of uses—investing for the social good...Banks and banking Capitalism Debts, Public
Working PaperEfficiency of Commercial Banks in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Domestic and Foreign Banks
Utilizing the stochastic frontier approach, this study conducts a comparative analysis of profit efficiency and cost inefficiency of commercial banks operating in 29 sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries by bank ownership (domestic bank, SSA foreign ba...Banks and banking Financial institutions Financial institutions, International
Journal ArticleFinancial Liberalization and Banking Sector Efficiency in India: A Fourier Flexible functional form and Stochastic Frontier Approach
The Indian financial sector has undergone a significant structural transformation since the initiation of financial liberalization during 1990’s. It brought significant changes in the financial sector in general and banking in particular...Banks and banking Cost effectiveness Stochastic processes
Working PaperForeign Banks and Credit Volatility: The Case of Latin American Countries
Foreign bank presence has substantially increased in Latin America during the second half of the 1990s, which has prompted an intense debate on its banking and macroeconomic consequences...Banks and banking Credit Money supply
BlogDomestic Resource Mobilization and Financial Development: Looking at the MDGs from a Different Angle?
George Mavrotas While recent years have witnessed new interest in the finance–growth nexus, the relationship between domestic resource mobilization and financial development remains relatively unexplored...Banks and banking Capital market Financial institutions
BlogFinance and Development: What we Know and What we Need to Know
Svetlana Andrianova and Panicos Demetriades This article, written before the current international financial crisis and with developing countries in mind, is particularly topical because its policy implications are now, if anything, even more relevan...Banks and banking Financial institutions Institutional economics
Journal ArticleOwnership Reform, Foreign Competition and Efficiency of Chinese Commercial Banks: A Non-parametric Approach
Part of Journal Special Issue The Rise of China and IndiaBanks and banking Competition Cost effectiveness
Working PaperOwnership Reform, Foreign Competition, and Efficiency of Chinese Commercial Banks: A Non-Parametric Approach
Since China joined the WTO in 2001, the pressure for bank reforms has mounted as China ought to fully open up its financial market to foreign competition by 2006...Banks and banking Competition Cost effectiveness
BookDomestic Resource Mobilization and Financial Development
This significant and timely volume offers crucial insights into the constantly evolving debate within the international development community regarding the mobilization of domestic resources and the crucial role that financial development can and sho...Banks and banking Capital market Financial institutions
Book ChapterThe Structure and Performance of Ethiopia's Financial Sector in the Pre- and Post Reform Periods
From the book: Domestic Resource Mobilization and Financial DevelopmentBanks and banking Economic development Financial institutions
Book ChapterThe Determinants of Loan Contracts to Business Firms: Empirical Evidence from a Private Bank in Vietnam
From the book: Domestic Resource Mobilization and Financial DevelopmentBanks and banking Business enterprises Contracts
Book ChapterDomestic Resource Mobilization and Financial Development: Introduction
From the book: Domestic Resource Mobilization and Financial DevelopmentBanks and banking Capital market Financial institutions
Working PaperThe Structure and Performance of Ethiopia's Financial Sector in the Pre- and Post-Reform Period with a Special Focus on Banking
Since 1992 Ethiopia has been engaged in liberalizing its financial sector. The hallmark of the strategy is gradualism. The approach is not without problems especially from Bretton Woods Institutions that saw the reform as a sluggish process...Banks and banking Economic development Financial institutions