SpringerBriefs in Innovations in Poverty Reduction

Enterprising Psychometrics and Poverty Reduction

Authors: Klinger, Bailey, Khwaja, Asim Ijaz, del Carpio, Carlos

  • ​Examines a very pressing development issue that is currently very high profile: unlocking finance for SMEs in developing countries
  • Represents a unique application of psychology methods to a real-world development problem
  • Represents an applicable solution to a real-world problem that will garner significant interest from development practitioners, policy makers, and the banking/finance industry
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About this book

This book uses newly collected data with nearly 2000 observations across Africa and Latin America of SME owner/operators to examine if psychometric tools can distinguish the good ones from the bad ones. This book fully describes the development problem and how psychometric tools can help solve it. Moreover, it presents and develops the unique statistical methodologies to deploy psychometric tools for credit screening. This will be the single complete publication of the work to date by the entrepreneurial finance lab, created by Klinger & Khwaja. This work started as a research project at Harvard University’s center for international development, with funding from Google.org. This work is very high profile, winning the G-20 SME Finance Challenge in 2010 (global open competition to identify the best scalable solutions to unlocking SME finance- winners honored at the G-20 summit in Seoul Korea and receiving significant funding from G-20 countries for the implementation of their models).

About the authors

Bailey Klinger is CEO & co-founder of the Entrepreneurial Finance Lab. He is the original co-inventor of the EFL technology, and has led both the research and business initiatives to bring that technology to the market. His previous research has centered on entrepreneurship, structural transformation, and private sector growth in developing countries, and he has been published in leading Journals such as Science and the Journal of the Economics of Transition. Bailey has performed extensive field research throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia, and consulted for the World Bank, United Nations and Inter-American Development Bank as well as various other national governments and international organizations. Bailey has a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. 

Asim Khwaja is co-founder of EFL and Chairman of the Board. He is also professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His areas if interest include economic development, finance, education, political economy, institutions, and contract theory/mechanism design. His research has been published in the leading economics journals, such as the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has received coverage media outlets such as the Economist, NY Times, Washington Post, Al-Jazeera, BBC, and CNN. Asim received BS degrees in economics and mathematics with computer science from MIT and PhD in economics from Harvard. 

Carlos del Carpio is Head of Analytics in EFL's Lima office, responsible for data quality control, analysis, and model building. Prior to joining EFL, Carlos worked for the largest commercial bank in Perú where he developed credit risk models for corporate clients using a variety of credit scoring technologies. Carlos has research experience in credit and market risk modeling, as well specialized training in financial economics and applied econometrics. He holds a B.A. in economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

Reviews

"This book is of particularly importance for all those who are interested in the question how micro-credits can be given to individual micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries. The problem for the bank is that there is no credit-history of the micro-entrepreneur and the amount of credit is too small to warrant a detailed evaluation of a business plan. Most often there will also not be a business plan that can be evaluated.

What to do? The three economists provide a very sensible and important answer: Evaluate the person him- or herself by psychological tests. Two issues are important for paying back the loan: First the person must be able to build a good enterprise and make enough money to pay back the loan. Second, the person must be willing to pay back the loan.

Psychological research on entrepreneurship has made enough headway to provide good data for understanding which person characteristics lead to good entrepreneurial success. Moreover, there has been a long tradition to evaluate a person’s integrity to understand whether somebody is willing to cheat others by not paying back a loan. The authors take these issues as their starting point and describe how they produce the results. This is practical and useful. Recently the New York Times has written a long piece on the company build by these three authors and how successful they have been in helping banks to help micro-entrepreneurs to get the resources to be able to succeed.

This is a ”must-read” book for anybody who is interested to advance sustainable credits for micro-entrepreneurs."

Prof. Michael Frese, NUS Business School, Singapore

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Development Problem

    Klinger, Bailey (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • A Psychology-Enabled Solution to Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise Finance

    Klinger, Bailey (et al.)

    Pages 11-18

  • Methodology

    Klinger, Bailey (et al.)

    Pages 19-29

  • Results and Discussion

    Klinger, Bailey (et al.)

    Pages 31-50

  • Conclusion

    Klinger, Bailey (et al.)

    Pages 51-57

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-7227-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-7226-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Enterprising Psychometrics and Poverty Reduction
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Innovations in Poverty Reduction
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
The Authors
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7227-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7227-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-7226-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 66
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations
Topics