Role of social sustainability for financial inclusion and stability among Asian countries

Arsalan Haneef, Malik and Mohamad, Jais and Abu Hassan, Md. Isa (2022) Role of social sustainability for financial inclusion and stability among Asian countries. International Journal of Social Economics. pp. 1-25. ISSN 0306-8293

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Purpose – Asia is the largest and most densely inhabited region in the world. Despite exhibiting an extremely expeditious economic growth, the majority of the world population categorized as poor resides in Asia, with more than a billion people financially excluded. This study aims to assess how social sustainability (SS) may increase financial inclusion (FI) and maintain financial stability (FS) in Asia. Design/methodology/approach – Established on the stakeholder theory, the study analyzed the association among SS, FI and FS in Asia, employing a generalized method of moment’s estimation. The mediation of FI was also investigated in the relationship between SS and FS. Moreover, this study has analyzed the alternative proxies for the variables of interest to ensure dynamic results. Findings – The findings point toward a positive association among SS, FI and FS. Furthermore, FI is observed to be undertaking a partial mediating role between SS and FS. Practical implications – This study emphasizes that both SS and FI have individual parts in the amelioration of FS in Asia, whereas previous studies implied that FI is a mere tool for stimulating SS. Hence, Asian policymakers must keep these outcomes in mind due to their simultaneous contribution to FS. Originality/value – The relationship between SS, FI and FS has received little attention in the literature. No previous study has deduced that increasing SS may instigate an increase in FI and FS. Additionally, quite contrary to previous studies that relied on narrow indicators, this study develops a broad measurement of SS by considering a wide range of crucial indicators for a sustainable society.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Access to finance, Financial inclusion, Financial stability, Principal component analysis, Social sustainability, Sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 03:18
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 03:18

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