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María Soledad Martínez Pería

Senior Economist, World Bank, USA
María Soledad Martínez PeríaMaría Soledad Martínez Pería

María Soledad Martínez Pería is a senior economist in the finance team of the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank. Her published research has focused on currency and banking crises, depositor market discipline, and foreign bank participation in developing countries. Currently she is conducting research on financial sector outreach and on the impact of remittances on financial development. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked at the Brookings Institution, the Central Bank of Argentina, the Federal Reserve Board, and the International Monetary Fund. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from Stanford University.

Articles by this Author

  • Banks and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Recent Business Developments
    by Sergio Schmukler, Augusto de la Torre, María Soledad Martínez Pería
    A common perception is that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) cannot access appropriate financing. This perception is often supported by academic and policy circles’ “conventional wisdom” that banks are generally not interested in dealing with SMEs, mainly due to SMEs’ perceived opaqueness1 and higher informality.2 As capital markets do not compensate for these deficiencies in the banking sector, the need to receive special assistance,...

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