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Incentive scheme and productivity in microfinance institutions in Benin

ACCLASSATO HOUENSOU, Denis and SENOU, Melain Modeste (2019): Incentive scheme and productivity in microfinance institutions in Benin.

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Abstract

This article aims to analyze the productive effects of financial and non-financial incentive in microfinance institutions in Benin. We estimate a Cobb-Douglas production function augmented by the Incentive Scheme on an unbalanced panel of 14 registered MFIs over the period 2007-2017. The findings of this study show that non-financial incentives positively impact the outreach whereas the financial incentives have a negative effect on outreach. They further suggest that a well-designed incentive scheme is a powerful tool to overcome free riding and other asymmetric information problems in a costly monitoring environment.

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