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Financial Services and the Informal Economy

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  • Cally Ardington

    () (SALDRU, School of Economics, University of Cape Town)

  • Murray Leibbrandt

    () (SALDRU, School of Economics, University of Cape Town)

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This paper examines the impact of formality of employment on the utilisation of financial services, using data from the October 2000 Income and Expenditure Survey and the September 2000 Labour Force Survey. The presence of an employed member in the household is seen to be important for the utilisation of both bank accounts and funeral insurance, even after controlling for income. Furthermore there are strong links between the nature of this employment and utilisation of financial services. Employees are more likely to utilise financial services than the self-employed. Among employees, the probability of utilising financial services increases with the degree of formality of employment. These effects are stronger for formal banking services than for funeral insurance which includes informal burial societies.

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  • Cally Ardington & Murray Leibbrandt, 2004. "Financial Services and the Informal Economy," SALDRU/CSSR Working Papers 066, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
  • Handle: RePEc:ldr:cssrwp:066
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    1. Anna McCord, 2004. "Public works: Policy expectations and programme realities," SALDRU/CSSR Working Papers 079, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
    2. Elizabeth Lwanga Nanziri, 2017. "Financial Inclusion and Welfare in Post-Apartheid South Africa," Research Papers RP_323, African Economic Research Consortium.

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