Focuses on the Chinese government's credit programs designed to
reduce rural poverty, examining how programs function, their impact
on the poor, and how they might be adjusted in the future in order to
be more effective. Explains the formation and function of financial
institutions in rural areas, assesses the outreach of institutions to
various groups, explores the role of informal and household-based
credit and savings systems, traces loan patterns, and looks at new
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