The Financial Planning and Financial Literacy of Ex-Malaysia Indonesian Migrant Workers

Brahmana, Rayenda Khresna and Brahmana, Ritzky Karina (2016) The Financial Planning and Financial Literacy of Ex-Malaysia Indonesian Migrant Workers. Acta Oeconomica Pragensia, 24 (5). ISSN 0572-3043

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Abstract

Indonesian migrant workers (IMW) face life difficulties after returning back to Indonesia. This is a contrary condition considering their contribution to their home family in Indonesia while working abroad. Literature mentions that their financial planning is the root of the poverty of ex-IMW. Therefore, this research adopts literacy theory to explain this phenomenon. This research conducted a survey among 548 ex-IMW and measures their financial literacy and financial planning. This research also maps their asset ownership to examine the relationship between financial literacy and asset ownership. Overall, this research documents that financial literacy contributes statistically significantly and positively to financial planning. Furthermore, this research shows that asset ownership is closely related to financial literacy. In a nutshell, this research concludes that it is important for migrant workers to have good knowledge of financial issues, because having good financial literacy helps the migrant workers to plan their finance and budget much better, thereby helping them to avoid the poverty trap. Therefore, policymakers such as migrant worker authorities and/or Indonesian embassies abroad have to institute financial education programmes for migrant workers before they return to Indonesia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Financial literacy, financial planning, migrant workers, Indonesia JEL Classification: D91, D80, G11, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 06:31
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2017 06:31
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/16947

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