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Organised by EMN every year since 2008, this European Microfinance Research Award promotes continuous academic research on microfinance and its impact on combating social and financial exclusion, especially encouraging contributions from young researchers.

For more than a decade, the European Microfinance Network has been fostering and celebrating cutting-edge, impactful academic research through its European Microfinance Research Award. From papers on the financial inclusion of refugees to innovative partnership models, every edition has distinguished unique contributions to the sector.

This 15th edition saw yet another increase in the overall quality of the competing research papers. Researchers were asked to explore issues related to microfinance and digital (inclusive) finance in European countries. Thanks to the sponsorship of the European Investment Fund (EIF), the award comes this year with a €2,000 prize. Without further ado, here are the two finalists and our winner for this year's award:

3. The drivers of the financial integration of microfinance Institutions: Do financial development, agency costs and microfinance performance matter?

Authors: Sandra Kendo (Catholic University of Lille)
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2. Green and digital transition: Assessing regional patterns of EU subsidies

Authors: Javier Barbero Jiménez (European Commission, Joint Research Centre), Ernesto Rodríguez-Crespo(Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Anabela M. Santos (European Commission, Joint Research Centre)
➡ Read the abstract!

And our winning paper for this year:
1. FinTech for Good: unveiling social value creation in the fintech sector

Authors:Federico Bartolomucci (Politecnico di Milano), Andrea Petrolati (Fintech District), Mario Calderini (Politecnico di Milano), Veronica Chiodo (Politecnico di Milano)
➡ Read the abstract!


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To know more about the European Microfinance Research Award, check out previous editions:

Read more about the 2021 edition (Brussels, Belgium)

ead more about the 2020 edition (online)

Read more about the 2019 edition (Vienna, Austria)

Read more about the 2018 edition (Bilbao, Spain)

Read more about the 2017 edition (Venice, Italy)

Read more about the 2016 edition (Warsaw, Poland)

Read more about the 2015 edition (Dublin, Ireland)


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