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Closing the gap: the link between social capital and microfinance services

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  • O18 - Urban
  • Rural
  • Regional
  • And Transportation Analysis
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure
  • D63 - Equity
  • Justice
  • Inequality
  • And Other Normative Criteria And Measurement
  • D02 - Institutions: Design
  • Formation
  • And Operations
  • Z13 - Economic Sociology
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Social And Economic Stratification
  • N26 - Latin America
  • Caribbean
  • O17 - Formal And Informal Sectors
  • Shadow Economy
  • Institutional Arrangements
  • O16 - Financial Markets
  • Saving And Capital Investment
  • Corporate Finance And Governance
  • C81 - Methodology For Collecting
  • Estimating
  • And Organizing Microeconomic Data
  • G21 - Banks
  • Depository Institutions
  • Micro Finance Institutions
  • Mortgages
  • Economics
  • Law


Social capital has strengthened the solidarity funds when the legal mechanisms and institutions for monitoring and assistance are not present. The aim of this paper is to analyze the effect of social capital on productivity and performance of microfinance’s cooperatives using the Mexican solidarity funds. For this, an estimator indirectly associated with inequality was obtained and extrapolation method was used. The results show that if the social capital rises 1%, the number of loans and the savings amount increases in percentage terms; for each additional producer that activates its social capital with its partners there will be a general increase in loans recoveries. In this sense, a greater investment in social capital will recover a larger amount of borrowed funds and will increase savings and loans to poor producers.

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