Alberto Motta is Senior lecturer (Associate Professor) in the School of Economics at the UNSW Australia. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Padua (Italy), after conducting most of his research at Boston University. His research focuses on developing theoretical models and applying econometric methods in order to study the impact of collusion on information flows. He investigates the types and features of organisational design that are most effective. He has published in journals such as American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Journals of Development Economics and the European Economic Review.
Financial inclusion for agricultural growth: An alternative approach
08 Dec 2014
Traditional, group-based microcredit has had limited success at enabling farmers to expand the cultivation of risky but profitable cash crops. Evidence suggests that this is mainly because of its mechanisms for borrower selection and enforcement of repayment. This column proposes a new approach that leverages local intermediaries and aligns their incentives with farmer profits, to generate better outcomes for agricultural production and incomes.
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