GROUP LENDING WITH HETEROGENEOUS TYPES
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© 2017 Western Economic Association International This paper proposes and implements a mixture structure to model repayment behavior in group lending with unobserved group heterogeneity. We discuss the model properties and identification and estimate the model using a rich dataset from a group lending program in India. The estimation results support the existence of two different group types: “responsible” and “irresponsible” groups. We find that the effects of the factors driving repayment behavior differ across types. The model also shows a higher predictive performance than standard probabilistic models, particularly in the identification of potential defaulters. We provide evidence supporting the robustness of our estimations. (JEL O16, C35).
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Gan, L. i., Hernandez, M. A., & Liu, Y.