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The comparative economics of financial access in gender economic inclusion

Simplice Asongu and Rexon Nting

African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, 2020, vol. 12, issue 2, 193-207

Abstract: Purpose - The study has investigated the comparative importance of financial access in promoting gender inclusion in African countries. Design/methodology/approach - Gender inclusion is proxied by the female labour participation rate while financial channels include: financial system deposits and private domestic credit. The empirical evidence is based on non-contemporary fixed effects regressions. Findings - In order to provide more implications on comparative relevance, the dataset is categorised into income levels (middle income versus (vs.) low income); legal origins (French civil law vs. English common law); religious domination (Islam vs. Christianity); openness to sea (coastal vs. landlocked); resource-wealth (oil-poor vs. oil-rich) and political stability (stable vs. unstable). Six main hypotheses are tested, notably, that middle income, English common law, Christianity, coastal, oil-rich and stable countries enjoy better levels of “financial access”-induced gender inclusion compared to respectively, low income, French civil law, Islam, landlocked, oil-poor and unstable countries. All six tested hypotheses are validated. Originality/value - This is the first study on the comparative importance of financial access in gender economic participation.

Keywords: Inequality; Gender inclusion; Financial development; Africa; I30; L96; O16; O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1108/AJEMS-06-2020-0268

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