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The Theory of Development Finance

How Microcredit Programmes Alleviate Credit and Labour Market Segmentation


Ingo Tschach

The book explores the problem of credit market segmentation, a widespread phenomenon in developing countries, within a theoretical framework based on graphical analysis. It investigates the causes and effects of this problem, and the impact of possible solutions. Credit market segmentation is an outgrowth of information-related problems and high transaction costs in lending. It leads to segmentation in labour markets and also results in inefficient factor allocation and highly skewed income distribution patterns. A theoretical impact analysis shows that microcredit programmes can eliminate the causes and effects of credit market segmentation and that their impact is much broader than is usually assumed. This book should be required reading for everyone who is interested in microcredit.
Contents: The Theoretical Derivation of Credit Market Segmentation – The Impacts of Credit Market Segmentation – Approaches Taken by Successful Small Loan Programmes – Impact Analysis of Small Loan Programmes: How They Affect Financial Markets, Labour Markets, Factor Allocation, Income Distribution and Growth.