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Trusting financial institutions: Out of reach, out of trust?

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This paper empirically investigates the relevance of geographic proximity to a financial institution for trusting this institution with money. In doing so, the paper considers the use of different information sources that may bridge physical distances between individuals and financial institutions, investigating to what extent geographic proximity is still needed to trust a financial institution when information sources are used by Indian households. Based on a large-scale survey of savings patterns of Indians, the empirical results suggest that individuals who cannot commute a financial institutions within a distance of one day are less likely to trust this institution with their money. However, geographic proximity to a financial institution is still relevant for trusting financial institutions when controlling for the use of different information sources.

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  • Filipiak, Ute, 2016. "Trusting financial institutions: Out of reach, out of trust?," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 200-214.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:quaeco:v:59:y:2016:i:c:p:200-214
    DOI: 10.1016/j.qref.2015.06.006
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    1. Beckmann, Elisabeth & Mare, Davide Salvatore, 2017. "Formal and informal household savings: how does trust in financial institutions influence the choice of saving instruments?," MPRA Paper 81141, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Trust; Financial institutions; Geographic proximity; India;

    JEL classification:

    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • R2 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis

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