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Building Inclusive Financial Systems: A Framework for Financial Access [Kindle Edition]

Michael S. Barr , Anjali Kumar , Robert E. Litan

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Broad-based and inclusive financial systems significantly raise growth, alleviate poverty, and expand economic opportunity. Households, small enterprises, and the rural poor often have difficulty obtaining financial services for a multitude of reasons, including transaction costs, perceived risk, inadequate infrastructure, and information barriers. Yet many financial institutions are now making profitable inroads into underserved markets through formal banking, investment in equities, venture capital, postal banks, and microfinance.

Access to Finance addresses the challenges of making financial systems more inclusive, emulating successful ventures in new markets, and utilizing technologies and government policies to support the expansion of financial access. The contributors examine many dimensions of financial access, including:

• Measuring financial access

• Understanding the impact of expanded access

• Examining alternative institutional models

• Exploring new technologies and information infrastructure

• Evaluating government policies toward outreach.

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About the Author

Michael S. Barr is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Law School, USA, and a nonresident senior fellow in Metropolitan Policy at the Brookings Institution. He served as chair and now is on the Executive Committee of the Section on Financial Institutions of the Association of American Law Schools, and he was co-organizer of the Law School's Conference on Globalization, Law & Development. Anjali Kumar is a financial access issues adviser in the Financial Sector Operations and Policy department at the World Bank. Prior to joining the Bank, she served as a consultant to the Ministry of Industry in the government of India, and she held a fellowship at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. Robert E. Litan is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and vice president for research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation. Among his many books is Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism, and the Economics of Growth and Prosperity (Yale University Press, 2007), written with William J. Baumol and Carl J. Schramm.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2503 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (5 Oct. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A handful of graphs and an index round out this welcome contribution of ideas 6 Feb. 2008
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Building Inclusive Financial Systems is an anthology of scholarly essays by a wide variety of educated authors discussing how broad-based, inclusive financial systems can effectively reduce poverty and expand opportunity in developing countries. With an especial eye toward the field of microfinance, Building Inclusive Financial Systems offers solid grounding and recommendations for responsibly increasing access to financial systems, sure to benefit governments and the private sector alike. Individual essays discuss government policies to expand financial access, how to measure financial access, why financial access has the impact it does upon growth and poverty, and much more. A handful of graphs and an index round out this welcome contribution of ideas, methodologies, and means to remove common barriers to financial access.
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