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Security design, incentives, and Islamic microfinance: Cross country evidence

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Abstract

We provide cross country evidence from microfinance institutions (MFIs) that are Sharia-compliant and their comparisons with non-Sharia-compliant MFIs. We find that, compared with non-Sharia-compliant conventional MFIs, Sharia-compliant Islamic MFIs have less credit risk but are less profitable and financially sustainable, have better poverty outreach, and are less likely to ‘mission drift’. Our results highlight the differences in religiosity and security design between these two institutions. Our study also helps practitioners and policy makers improve the understanding of the difference between conventional and Islamic MFIs.

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Fan, Y., John, K., Liu, F. H., & Tamanni, L. (2019). Security design, incentives, and Islamic microfinance: Cross country evidence. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 62, 264–280. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intfin.2019.08.002

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