• Access to mainstream microfinance services for persons with disabilities — lessons learned from Uganda 

      Bwire, Flavia Nakabuye; Mukasa, George; Mersland, Roy (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2009)
      This article reports from a pilot project in Uganda where the aim is to enable persons with disabilities to have access to mainstream microfinance services. Several lessons have already been learned: 1) entrepreneurs with ...
    • A critical view on temperature modelling for application in weather derivatives markets 

      Benth, Jūratė Šaltytė; Benth, Fred Espen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2012)
      In this paper we present a stochastic model for daily average temperature. The model contains seasonality, a low-order autoregressive component and a variance describing the heteroskedastic residuals. The model is estimated ...
    • A new aid modality for Africa 

      Mersland, Roy; Thøgersen, Joachim (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      The result of current aid policies is that only a small percentage of foreign aid reaches the poorest of the poor in the least developed countries. Current trends of urbanisation and self-reliance place elderly people in ...
    • A note on fair value accounting in a crisis: The influence of the hedge accounting regulations 

      Beisland, Leif Atle (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2010)
      The role of fair value accounting in the financial crisis is contorversial and heavily debated. Some claim that fair value accounting of financial instruments contributed to the recent crisis. This note acknowledges that, ...
    • A taxonomical account of knowledge creation: research directions 

      Izunwanne, Pamela C. (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2011)
      The global knowledge economy could become the next booming economy. This point can be buttressed by the flood of literature on knowledge management. New job roles have emerged in many firms to handle the challenge of the ...
    • Boards in microfinance institutions: how do stakeholders matter? 

      Mori, Neema; Mersland, Roy (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2012)
      Microfinance Institutions provide financial services to poor people. Governance of these organizations is important so that they can operate efficiently and sustainably. This study analyzes the influence of stakeholders ...
    • Can personality predict retirement behaviour? : a longitudinal analysis combining survey and register data from Norway 

      Blekesaune, Morten; Skirbekk, Vegard (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2012)
      This study investigates how far personality can predict the timing and routes of people’s retirement. It uses a large comprehensive Norwegian survey, with larger sample size than earlier related studies, providing estimates ...
    • Convex costs and the hedging paradox 

      Frestad, Dennis (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2010)
      Financial theory suggests that hedging can increase shareholder value in the presence of capital market imperfections, including direct and indirect costs of financial distress, costly external financing, and convex tax ...
    • Corporate governance and company performance across Sub-Saharan African countries 

      Munisi, Gibson; Randøy, Trond (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      This paper examines the extent to which publicly listed companies across Sub-Saharan African countries have adopted “good corporate governance” practices. We investigate the association of these practices with companies’ ...
    • Corporate hedging under a resource rent tax regime 

      Frestad, Dennis (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2010)
      In addition to the ordinary corporate income tax, special purpose taxes are sometimes levied to extract abnormal profits arising from the use of natural resources. Such dual tax regimes exist in Norway for oil and hydropower, ...
    • The cost of ownership in microfinance organizations 

      Mersland, Roy (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2009)
      We compare the ownership-cost of shareholders firms (SHFs), non-profit organizations (NPOs), and cooperatives (COOPs) invoked in microfinance. A paradoxical situation motivates us: most providers, both historically and ...
    • Determinants of vertical coordination in buyer-seller relations: Exploratory findings from a developing economy 

      Chao, Emmanuel James (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2011)
      This study aims at understanding determinants of vertical coordination for firms in developing economies by conducting exploratory study in Tanzania. The study is centred on business - to business buyer -seller relations. ...
    • Do powerful CEOs determine microfinance performance? 

      Galema, Rients; Lensink, Robert; Mersland, Roy (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2012)
      Recently, microfinance has been coming under public and media attacks. The microcredit crisis following from microfinance-induced suicides in 2010 in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh indicates that weak corporate governance ...
    • Economic strain and public support for redistribution : a comparative analysis of 28 European countries 

      Blekesaune, Morten (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      Is public support for redistribution affected by the number of people experiencing economic strain in a country? This question is investigated by comparing twenty-eight countries in the fourth round of the European Social ...
    • Focus on Women in Microfinance Institutions 

      D'Espallier, Bert; Guérin, Isabelle; Mersland, Roy (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2013)
    • Formal contractual agreements: A transaction cost study of Tanzania firms 

      Chao, Emmanuel James (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2011)
      This is exploratory study that aims at examining formal contractual agreements for firms in Tanzania using Transaction cost theoretical approach. Transaction cost studies have rarely being done on firms in Africa and ...
    • Founding family leadership and industry profitability 

      Randøy, Trond; Dibrell, Clay; Craig, Justin B. (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2009)
      In this article, we argue that firms in high-margin industries can benefit from founding family influence. Specifically, in more profitable markets, the influence of the founding family provides an additional corporate ...
    • Frarådningsplikten: Til bankens eller forbrukerens beste? 

      Hveem, Dag Jørgen; Nyhus, Ellen K. (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      Frarådingsplikten overfor låntakere er fastsatt i finansavtaleloven § 47. Hovedformålet med bestemmelsen er å forhindre uheldige låneopptak – lovgiver vil verne forbrukere fra for store låneopptak og økonomisk utsatthet. ...
    • From Global Firms to Global Boards? 

      Oxelheim, Lars; Gregorič, Aleksandra; Randøy, Trond; Thomsen, Steen (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      This study investigates the internationalization of corporate boards, using a sample of 346 non-financial listed Nordic firms during 2001-2008. Given a high level of international activity, these firms have surprisingly ...
    • Gender bias in microfinance 

      D'Espallier, Bert; Guerin, Isabelle; Mersland, Roy (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      We provide empirical evidence on focusing on women in microfinance and its consequences for microfinance institutions (MFIs). Based on a global dataset, the results indicate that a focus on women is associated with ...