Francesco Strobbe

Francesco Strobbe is a Senior Financial Economist with the World Bank Group (WBG).  Over the past four years he has been responsible for the financial sector development agenda in Ethiopia.

Prior to joining the World Bank he worked as an economist for the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and has led microfinance projects for NGOs in Zambia and in Kenya. Francesco holds a PhD in Economics and Management from the University of Padua (Italy) and was a visiting scholar at Boston University and MIT in the USA.

Content by Francesco Strobbe
  • Publication - Working Paper

    Branch management and firm credit: Evidence from Ethiopia

    In order to understand the functioning of banks and firm credit in low-income countries, we collect novel datasets on the management practices and credit conditions from the universe of bank branches in Ethiopia. Our preliminary findings indicate that branches with strong practices operate over longer geographic distances and supply more local credit. We also observe that...

    1 Jun 2021 | Nicola Gennaioli, Nicola Limodio, Francesco Strobbe

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Management practices and banking: The case of Ethiopia

    This study investigates whether management practices allow Ethiopian bank branches to improve their credit provision. Researchers surveyed over 1,900 branches affiliated with 16 Ethiopian banks to score management practices across various dimensions and collect information on day-to-day operations. Ethiopian bank branches that adopt stronger management practices...

    12 May 2021 | Francesco Strobbe, Nicola Limodio

  • Project

    Firm credit and financial development: Evidence from the management practices across the universe of Ethiopian bank branches

    The availability of firm credit is key for the entry, growth and internationalisation of firms. This project explores a new dimension behind firm credit, given by the capacity of banks to reach the best entrepreneurs across different geographic locations. Our approach focuses on bank branches as the units that engage with the local economy, given the importance of...

    18 Sep 2019 | Francesco Strobbe, Nicola Limodio