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American Economic Review: Vol. 103 No. 3 (May 2013)

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Transaction Networks: Evidence from Mobile Money in Kenya

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Jack, William, Adam Ray, and Tavneet Suri. 2013. "Transaction Networks: Evidence from Mobile Money in Kenya." American Economic Review, 103(3): 356-61.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.3.356

Abstract

Mobile money allows households in Kenya to spread risk more efficiently. In this paper we show that these efficiencies are achieved through deeper financial integration and expanded informal networks. Active networks are more geographically dispersed and support more reciprocal financial arrangements. Consistent with the reported reciprocity, mobile money users report a higher share of transactions as being for credit and insurance purposes.

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Jack, William (Georgetown U)
Ray, Adam (Innovations for Poverty Action, New Haven, CT)
Suri, Tavneet (MIT)

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D85: Network Formation and Analysis: Theory
E42: Monetary Systems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System; Payment Systems
G21: Banks; Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
O16: Economic Development: Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance


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