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Using borrower-level data from FINCA, one of Peru’s leading microfinance institutions (MFIs), this paper evaluates the effect on borrowers’ access to credit of FINCA’s decision to share information on individual outstanding debt records (positive information) as well as group default records (negative information). Since all borrowers were simultaneously exposed to the same policy, the paper develops a creative identification strategy that relies on the exogenous variation of the opening and closing dates of loan cycles across lending groups. A credit expansion effect is identified for some borrowers in FINCA who looked more creditworthy after their positive records were exposed, suggesting that other lenders targeted FINCA clients with good credit records. This credit expansion effect seems to have hurt FINCA through higher default rates as its better clients were skimmed off.
This paper explores the potential of financial education programs for kids. We conducted a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a large-scale pilot program carried out in 150 public high schools, in six regions in Peru. Although the treatment was only moderately intensive, the pilot program was extremely effective: students’ financial literacy improved by 0.14 standard deviation ... (View publication)
This report is devoted to the social impact of the crisis and focuses on its effects on employment, nutrition, education, and poverty. It identifes the mechanisms by which the crisis can affect these critical social dimensions, and discusses possible policy responses given each country's circumstances, fiscal space and administrative capabilities. The social challenge generated by the crisis is no ... (View publication)
This report focuses on the region's macroeconomic performance in the context of an unusually sharp and rapid deterioration in external conditions. To assess policy options, the report develops a framework to identify the critical trade-offs faced by countries in the region, and evaluates these trade-offs under alternative, plausible, global economic scenarios. It identifies some of the macroeconom ... (View publication)
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