Efficiency of microfinance institutions: A data envelopment analysis

Haq, Mamiza, Skully, Michael and Pathan, Shams (2010) Efficiency of microfinance institutions: A data envelopment analysis. Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, 17 1: 63-97. doi:10.1007/s10690-009-9103-7

Author Haq, Mamiza
Skully, Michael
Pathan, Shams
Title Efficiency of microfinance institutions: A data envelopment analysis
Journal name Asia-Pacific Financial Markets   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1387-2834
Publication date 2010-02-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10690-009-9103-7
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 63
End page 97
Total pages 35
Editor Miura, R.
Place of publication New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Subject C1
150203 Financial Institutions (incl. Banking)
900101 Finance Services
Abstract This study examines the cost efficiency of 39 microfinance institutions across Africa, Asia and the Latin America using non-parametric data envelopment analysis. Our findings show non-governmental microfinance institutions particularly; under production approach, are the most efficient and this result is consistent with their fulfillment of dual objectives: alleviating poverty and simultaneously achieving financial sustainability. However, bank-microfinance institutions also outperform in the measure of efficiency under intermediation approach. This result reflects that banks are the financial intermediaries and have access to local capital market. It may be possible that bank-microfinance institutions may outperform the non-governmental microfinance institutions in the long run. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2009.
Keyword Africa
Data envelopment analysis
Efficiency analysis
Latin America
Micro finance institutions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 17 October 2009

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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