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ECON 347     Microfinance Institutions in South Asia  (4)

The course provides an overview of the microfinance industry: its origins, evolution, theoretical underpinnings and empirical evidence. It focuses on both the tools of microfinance operation such as financial management and lending methodologies, and on the basic issues and policy debates in microfinance, such as impact assessment, poverty targeting and measurement and sustainability. This course is offered as part of the Summer in South Asia Program. Prerequisite: Only open to students who have completed ECON 101 and been admitted to the Summer in South Asia program.