Evaluating Productivity of Chinese Microfinance Institutions: A Malmquist Approach

Mia, Md Aslam and Zhang, Miao and Rasiah, Rajah and Alam, A.S.A. Ferdous (2018) Evaluating Productivity of Chinese Microfinance Institutions: A Malmquist Approach. The Chinese Economy, 51 (5). pp. 432-445. ISSN 1097-1475, DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10971475.2018.1479603.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/10971475.2018.1479603


While the prime objective of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) is to alleviate poverty, their sustainability is largely dependent on their productivity. Using the Malmquist approach and a panel dataset of 21 MFIs, this paper analyzes changes in the productivity of China’s MFIs between 2010 and 2012. Our findings reveal that the productivity of the MFIs in China stagnated due to the lack of technological change, despite progress in technical efficiency. Technical efficiency has been bolstered by improved management practices and size effect. The findings help improve our understanding of the Chinese microfinance sector in general, and MFIs’ productivity in particular. One policy implication that can be drawn from the evidence is to encourage MFIs participation in innovation activities, so that the stimulation of technological change can improve the overall productivity of Chinese MFIs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: China; Malmquist productivity index; Microfinance institutions; productivity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Economics & Administration
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) Office > Asia-Europe Institute
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 24 May 2019 03:37
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 03:37
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/21291

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