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Microfinance : a critical literature survey (English)

This paper offers a critical survey of the microfinance literature of the past 10 years. It reviews studies on the effectiveness of different microfinance techniques and offers a critical assessment of the impact literature of microfinance. ... See More +

Publication 102284 NOV 22, 2015

Beck,Thorsten Disclosed

SME finance in Africa (English)

This paper uses cross-country firm-level surveys to gauge access to financial services and the importance of financing constraints for African enterprises. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7018 SEP 01, 2014

Beck, Thorsten; Cull, Robert Disclosed

Housing finance across countries : new data and analysis (English)

This paper presents new data on the depth and penetration of mortgage markets across countries. There is a large variation across both dimensions of mortgage market development, across countries, but also -- in terms of depth -- within countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6756 JAN 01, 2014

Badev, Anton; Beck, Thorsten; Vado, Ligia; Walley, Simon Disclosed

Making cross-border banking work for Africa (English)

Cross-border banking has been a critical part of Africa's financial history since colonial times. While the period after independence saw a wave of nationalization across the continent, with many of the colonial banks exiting, this trend was reversed in the 1980s with the arrival of financial liberalization. ... See More +

Working Paper 89202 JAN 01, 2014

Beck, Thorsten; Fuchs, Michael; Singer, Dorothe; Witte, Makaio Disclosed

Is small beautiful? Financial structure, size and access to finance (English)

Combining two unique data sets, this paper explores the relationship between financial structure and firms' access to financial services. Specifically, it considers the importance of three different types of financial institutions: low-end financial institutions, specialized lenders, and banks. ... See More +

Journal Article 82882 DEC 01, 2013

Beck,Thorsten; Demirgüc-Kunt, Asli; Singer,Dorothe Disclosed

Banking in Africa (English)

This paper takes stock of the current state of banking systems across Sub-Saharan Africa and discusses recent developments including innovations that might help Africa leapfrog more traditional banking models. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6684 OCT 01, 2013

Beck, Thorsten; Cull, Robert Disclosed

Benchmarking financial systems : introducing the financial possibility frontier (English)

Across the world, supply for financial services rarely matches the demand, given multiple market frictions. This paper discusses the concept of the financial possibilities frontier as a constrained optimum to categorize different problems of shallow financial markets or unsustainable expansion. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6615 SEP 01, 2013

Beck, Thorsten; Feyen, Erik Disclosed

Lending concentration, bank performance and systemic risk : exploring cross-country variation (English)

Using both market-based and annual report-based approaches to measure lending specialization for a broad cross-section of banks and countries over the period 2002 to 2011, this paper is the first to empirically gauge the relationship between bank lending specialization and bank performance and stability in an international sample. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6604 SEP 01, 2013

Beck, Thorsten; De Jonghe, Olivier Disclosed

Financial sector development in Africa : opportunities and challenges (English)

Africa's financial systems face challenges across many dimensions, as discussed in the report financing Africa: through the crisis and beyond. The analysis in that report was based partly on several detailed background papers that are included in this volume. ... See More +

73822 NOV 21, 2012

Beck,Thorsten; Maimbo,Samuel Munzele Disclosed

Financing Africa : through the crisis and beyond (English)

Financing Africa: through the crisis and beyond is a call to arms for a new approach to Africa's financial sector development. First, policy makers should focus on increasing competition within and outside the banking sector to foster innovation. ... See More +

Publication 64664 SEP 07, 2011

Beck, Thorsten; Maimbo, Samuel Munzele; Faye, Issa; Triki, Thouraya Disclosed

Is small beautiful ? financial structure, size and access to finance (English)

Combining two unique data sets, this paper explores the relationship between the relative importance of different financial institutions and their average size and firms' access to financial services. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5806 SEP 01, 2011

Beck, Thorsten; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Singer, Dorothe Disclosed

Finance for all? : policies and pitfalls in expanding access (Russian)

This book, finance for all, presents first efforts at developing indicators illustrating that financial access is quite limited around the world and identifies barriers that may be preventing small firms and poor households from using financial services. ... See More +

Publication 41792 MAY 17, 2011

Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Beck, Thorsten; Honohan, Patrick English, Spanish Disclosed

Gender and finance in Sub-Saharan Africa : are women disadvantaged ? (English)

This paper assesses whether there is a gender gap in the use of financial services by businesses and individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa. The authors do not find evidence of gender discrimination or lower inherent demand for financial services by enterprises with female ownership participation or by female individuals when key characteristics of the enterprises or individuals are taken into account. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5571 FEB 01, 2011

Aterido, Reyes; Beck, Thorsten; Iacovone, Leonardo Disclosed

The World Bank economic review 25 (1) (English)

This paper is organized in following headings: five questions on international migration and development; where on earth is everybody? the evolution of global bilateral migration 1960-2000; immigration policies and the Ecuadorian exodus; do migrants improve governance at home? ... See More +

Publication 80516 FEB 01, 2011

Ozden, Caglar; Rapoport, Hillel; Schiff, Maurice; Parsons, Christopher R.; Walmsley, Terrie L.; Bertoli, Simone; Moraga, Jesus Fernandez-Huertas; Ortega, Francesc; Batista, Catia; Vicente, Pedro C.; Beck, Thorsten; Peria; Maria Soledad Martinez; Bollard, Albert; McKenzie, David; Morten, Melanie Disclosed

What explains the price of remittances? : an examination across 119 country corridors (English)

Remittances are a substantial source of external financing for developing countries that influence many aspects of their development. Though research has shown that remittances are both expensive and price sensitive, little is known about what explains their price. ... See More +

Journal Article 75165 FEB 01, 2011

Beck, Thorsten; Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez Disclosed

Banking sector stability, efficiency, and outreach in Kenya (English)

Although Kenya's financial system is by far the largest and most developed in East Africa and its stability has improved significantly over the past years, many challenges remain. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5442 OCT 01, 2010

Beck, Thorsten; Cull, Robert; Fuchs, Michael; Getenga, Jared; Gatere, Peter; Randa, John; Trandafir, Mircea Disclosed

Islamic vs. conventional banking : business model, efficiency and stability (English)

This paper discusses Islamic banking products and interprets them in the context of financial intermediation theory. Anecdotal evidence shows that many of the conventional products can be redrafted as Sharia-compliant products, so that the differences are smaller than expected. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5446 OCT 01, 2010

Beck, Thorsten; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Merrouche, Ouarda Disclosed

Mortgage finance in central and eastern Europe -- opportunity or burden ? (English)

Household credit, especially for mortgages, has doubled over the past years in the new European Union member countries, raising concerns about the economic and social consequences of household indebtedness in the event of a macroeconomic crisis. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5202 FEB 01, 2010

Beck, Thorsten; Kibuuka, Katie; Tiongson, Erwin Disclosed

Financial institutions and markets across countries and over time : the updated financial development and structure database (English)

This article introduces the updated and expanded version of the financial development and structure database. The database includes indicators on the size, efficiency, and stability of banks, nonbank financial institutions, and equity and bond markets over 1960-2007. ... See More +

Journal Article 77635 FEB 01, 2010

Beck, Thorsten; Demirguc - Kunt, Asl; Levine, Ross Disclosed

What explains the cost of remittances ? an examination across 119 country corridors (English)

Remittances are a sizeable source of external financing for developing countries. In the L’Aquila 2009 G8 Summit, leaders pledged to reduce the cost of remittances by half in 5 years (from 10 to 5 percent). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5072 OCT 01, 2009

Beck, Thorsten; Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad Disclosed

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Microfinance : a critical literature survey (English)
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NOV 22, 2015 102284 Publication
SME finance in Africa (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7018 Policy Research Working Paper
Housing finance across countries : new data and analysis (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 WPS6756 Policy Research Working Paper
Making cross-border banking work for Africa (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 89202 Working Paper
Is small beautiful? Financial structure, size and access to finance (English)
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DEC 01, 2013 82882 Journal Article
Banking in Africa (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 WPS6684 Policy Research Working Paper
Benchmarking financial systems : introducing the financial possibility frontier (English)
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SEP 01, 2013 WPS6615 Policy Research Working Paper
Lending concentration, bank performance and systemic risk : exploring cross-country variation (English)
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SEP 01, 2013 WPS6604 Policy Research Working Paper
Financial sector development in Africa : opportunities and challenges (English)
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NOV 21, 2012 73822
Financing Africa : through the crisis and beyond (English)
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SEP 07, 2011 64664 Publication
Is small beautiful ? financial structure, size and access to finance (English)
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SEP 01, 2011 WPS5806 Policy Research Working Paper
Finance for all? : policies and pitfalls in expanding access (Russian)
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MAY 17, 2011 41792 Publication English, Spanish
Gender and finance in Sub-Saharan Africa : are women disadvantaged ? (English)
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FEB 01, 2011 WPS5571 Policy Research Working Paper
The World Bank economic review 25 (1) (English)
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FEB 01, 2011 80516 Publication
What explains the price of remittances? : an examination across 119 country corridors (English)
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FEB 01, 2011 75165 Journal Article
Banking sector stability, efficiency, and outreach in Kenya (English)
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OCT 01, 2010 WPS5442 Policy Research Working Paper
Islamic vs. conventional banking : business model, efficiency and stability (English)
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OCT 01, 2010 WPS5446 Policy Research Working Paper
Mortgage finance in central and eastern Europe -- opportunity or burden ? (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2010 WPS5202 Policy Research Working Paper
Financial institutions and markets across countries and over time : the updated financial development and structure database (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2010 77635 Journal Article
What explains the cost of remittances ? an examination across 119 country corridors (English)
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OCT 01, 2009 WPS5072 Policy Research Working Paper