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David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog


...or anyway, what I read:

Jenny Aker, Can You Text me Money Now? Using Mobile Phones for Cash Transfers

Jenny C. Aker and Isaac M. Mbiti, Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa

Jenny C. Aker and Isaac M. Mbiti, Africa Calling, Boston Review

CGAP technology blog

Stuart Rutherford on how M-PESA has boosted informal finance

Ignacio Mas and Daniel Radcliffe, Mobile Payments Go Viral: M-PESA in Kenya

Frederik Eijkman, Jake Kendall, and Ignacio Mas, Bridges to Cash: The Retail End of M-PESA

Ignacio Mas and Amolo Ng’weno, Three Keys to M-PESA’s Success: Branding, Channel Management and Pricing

William Jack and Tavneet Suri, Mobile Money: The Economics of M-PESA

Megan Plyler, Sherri Haas, and Geetha Nagarajan, Community Level Economic Effects of M-PESA in Kenya: Initial Findings

Other papers from IRIS.

Ignacio Mas and Olga Morawczynski, Designing Mobile Money Services: Lessons from M-PESA

Michael Ferguson, Notes From The Field: The Emerging Effects of M-Pesa’s Rural Outreach at the Household Level


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