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Measuring Financial Inclusion: A Multidimensional Index

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  • Noelia Camara
  • David Tuesta

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We rely on demand and supply-side information to measure the extent of financial inclusion at country level for eighty-two developed and less-developed countries. We postulate that the degree of financial inclusion is determined by three dimensions: usage, barriers and access to financial inclusion. Weights assigned to the dimensions are determined endogenously by employing a two-stage Principal Component Analysis. Our composite index offers a comprehensive measure of the degree of financial inclusion, easy to understand and compute.

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  • Noelia Camara & David Tuesta, 2014. "Measuring Financial Inclusion: A Multidimensional Index," Working Papers 1426, BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department.
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    1. Katsiaryna Svirydzenka, 2016. "Introducing a New Broad-based Index of Financial Development," IMF Working Papers 16/5, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Noelia Camara & David Tuesta & Pablo Urbiola, 2015. "Extendiendo el acceso al sistema financiero formal: el modelo de corresponsales bancarios," Working Papers 1511, BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department.
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    6. Akin, Tarik & Iqbal, Zamir & Mirakhor, Abbas, 2016. "The composite risk-sharing finance index: Implications for Islamic finance," Review of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 18-25.
    7. Izabela Karpowicz, 2016. "Financial Inclusion, Growth and Inequality: A Model Application to Colombia," Journal of Banking and Financial Economics, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, vol. 2(6), pages 68-89, June.
    8. Noelia Camara & David Tuesta & Pablo Urbiola Ortun, 2015. "Extending access to the formal financial system: the banking correspondent business model," Working Papers 1510, BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department.
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    13. International Monetary Fund, 2016. "Guatemala; Selected Issues and Analytical Notes," IMF Staff Country Reports 16/282, International Monetary Fund.
    14. David Martínez Turégano & Alicia García Herrero, 2018. "Financial Inclusion, Rather Than Size, Is The Key To Tackling Income Inequality," The Singapore Economic Review (SER), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 63(01), pages 167-184, March.
    15. Keshav Sood & Shrabani Mukherjee, 2016. "Triggers and Barriers for ‘Exclusion’ To ‘Inclusion’ in the Financial Sector: A Country-Wise Scrutiny," Working Papers 2016-154, Madras School of Economics,Chennai,India.

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    Keywords

    financial inclusion; Principal Component Analysis; inclusion barriers;

    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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