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Case study: Supporting “generation start-up”: Opportunities for Hungarian MFIs

Case study: Supporting “generation start-up”: Opportunities for Hungarian MFIs This case note presents our initial research findings and analysis on the start-up enterprise landscape in Europe (in particular:Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria). This initial exploratory research was designed to identify current good practice among microfinance service providers serving start-ups; understand the future potential role of microfinance vis-a-vis [...]

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Policy Paper No.6: European Code of Good Conduct: Discussion Note

Policy Paper No.6: European Code of Good Conduct: Discussion Note The note takes a critical view of the Code of Good Conduct structure and the challenges in the implementation of the Code in practice. Conceived as quasi-regulation effort to streamline the operational standards of microfinance institutions in the EU, the Code met with resistance on [...]

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MFC Policy Paper No.5: Demystifying the role of microfinance in job creation

MFC Policy Paper No.5: Demystifying the role of microfinance in job creation The paper discusses the role of microfinance in job creation through self-employment and microenterprise. Despite high expectations, in general microenterprises have a limited however socially important contribution to job creation. It is necessary to distinguish between growth-oriented young firms that have a potential [...]

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Debt, Borrowing and Over-indebtedness: a Country-Level Monitoring Framework

MFC Policy paper: Debt, Borrowing and Over-indebtedness: a Country-Level Monitoring Framework, 2014 Full text, summary A review of debt burden and over-indebtedness issues shows that debt is a very complex phenomenon, which has economic impact on growth, and a social impact on the well-being of individuals and households. A lot of research and data is [...]

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Measuring Financial Inclusion in the EU: the New “Financial Inclusion Score”

Measuring Financial Inclusion in the EU: the New “Financial Inclusion Score”, 2014 This paper proposes a synthetic measure of financial inclusion. A new “Financial Inclusion Score” (or FIS) uses endogenous weights for inputs and outputs, using a data envelopment analysis (DEA) method. Using these FIS scores, this paper discusses the financial inclusion ranking of 27 [...]

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Too Little or Too Much Credit: Small Business Indebtedness in the EU

MFC Policy Paper No. 4: Too Little or Too Much Credit: Small Business Indebtedness in the EU, 2015 The paper reviews the potential reasons for small business indebtedness and proposes action steps to develop better understanding of the size and scale of this phenomenon in the EU. Access to finance for small businesses draws a [...]

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Of Mice and Unemployed: Rethinking Micro-Enterprise and Small Business

MFC Policy Paper No. 3: Of Mice and Unemployed: Rethinking Micro-Enterprise and Small Business, 2015 The paper discusses the complex relationships between firms size and job creation in the EU which shows that there is a need to better understand the dynamics of the job creation and destruction process. Promoting jobs through self-employment and small [...]

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Research paper: Financing Gap and SME Employment Growth: Beyond Access to Finance

MFC Research paper: Financing Gap and SME Employment Growth: Beyond Access to Finance The key aim of our research was to investigate the relation between the perceived changes in financing gap and employment growth by SMEs in the EU. The paper builds on and extends the analysis of SAFE survey data, in order to focus [...]

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“Of Mice and Unemployed: Rethinking Micro-Enterprise and Small Business Policies In the EU”

MICROFINANCE CENTRE (MFC) - The paper discusses the complex relationships between firm size and job creation within the EU, demonstrating a need to better understand the dynamics of job creation and destruction. Promoting jobs through self-employment and small businesses (which create the majority of jobs in an economy) is a strategy that attracts a lot [...]

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