Informal markets

what lessons can we learn from them?

In most developing countries, it is the private, informal markets that the rural poor have traditionally turned to service their financial needs. Why have these institutions succeeded in providing services to the poor when formal institutions have not? Do these informal institutions provide any lessons that bigger formal institutions could use? What are their basic limitations? Answers to such questions indicate important direc-tions for public policy.

Author: 
Sharma, Manohar
Zeller, Manfred
Published date: 
2000
Publisher: 
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Series number: 
8
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