The Bologna Institute for Policy Research | Seminar Series Event | Andrea-Presbitero-Access-to-Credit-under-the-Microscope-Financial-Inclusion-from-Microfinance-to-Fintech
October 22, 2020 - 18:30 Online Event - International Economics Series

Access to Credit under the Microscope: Financial Inclusion from Microfinance to Fintech
Andrea Presbitero, Vera and Stefano Zamagni Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe, Italy


hosted by Professor Michael G. Plummer

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Access to finance is a key driver of household welfare and economic growth. Globally, 31% of adults are unbanked. This is not only a problem in developing countries: in the US, 7% of households are unbanked an additional 19% are underbanked. The lecture will discuss the impact of a large-scale "brick-and-mortar" microcredit expansion program on financial access in Rwanda. The program improved access to credit, especially in underdeveloped areas and generated positive spillovers to commercial banks. At the same time, digital credit is emerging as an alternative for providing small, short-term loans and as a way to boost access to credit. The lecture will close discussing opportunities and challenges of fintech lending to promote financial inclusion.

ANDREA PRESBITERO

Professor Presbitero is the Vera and Stefano Zamagni Professor of Economics at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe. Previously he was a Senior Economist of the IMF Research Department's Macro-Financial Division and member of the Money & Finance Research. His research focuses on financial intermediation, banking, development finance, and sovereign debt. He is associate editor of Economia (LACEA) and the Journal of Financial Stability. Presbitero received his PhD from Università Politecnica delle Marche, and MA in Development Economics from the University of Sussex.




 





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