Mersland, Roy (2007): The cost of ownership in microfinance organization.
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This article analyses the cost of ownership in microfinance organizations. We specifically compare the ownership-cost of Shareholders Firms (SHFs), Non Profit Organizations (NPOs) and Cooperatives (COOPs). A paradoxical situation motivates us: Most providers of microfinance, both historically and today, are NPOs or COOPs, while several policy papers advocate SHFs. Based on an extension of Hansmann’s (1996) economic theory of ownership we propose that cost variables related to market contracting of microfinance services favor NPOs and COOPs, whereas most cost variables related to the practice of ownership favor SHFs. We conclude that in severe imperfect markets, where most microfinance organizations operate, NPOs and COOPs are still needed.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||Agder University College, Kristiansand, Norway|
|Original Title:||The cost of ownership in microfinance organization|
|Keywords:||Microfinance; ownership; corporate governance; nonprofits; transformation; global study|
|Subjects:||O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O16 - Financial Markets ; Saving and Capital Investment ; Corporate Finance and Governance
G - Financial Economics > G3 - Corporate Finance and Governance > G32 - Financing Policy ; Financial Risk and Risk Management ; Capital and Ownership Structure ; Value of Firms ; Goodwill
|Depositing User:||Roy Mersland|
|Date Deposited:||07. Mar 2007|
|Last Modified:||12. Mar 2015 05:43|
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