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Social Finance and Banking Research as a Driver for Sustainable Development: A Bibliometric Analysis

Silvana Secinaro (), Davide Calandra (), Denisa Petricean () and Federico Chmet ()
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Silvana Secinaro: Department of Management, University of Turin, 10134 Turin, Italy
Davide Calandra: Department of Management, University of Turin, 10134 Turin, Italy
Denisa Petricean: Department of Economics and Finance, Brunel University London, London UB8 3PH, UK
Federico Chmet: Department of Management, University of Turin, 10134 Turin, Italy

Sustainability, 2020, vol. 13, issue 1, 1-19

Abstract: Social finance and banking with an embedded social purpose have been on the rise in recent decades. Social entrepreneurs have repeatedly stressed the critical need for financial support from social banks. This study aims to provide a bibliometric analysis of the status of the field in social finance and banking, recognising main topics from existing research and establishing future re-search challenges. Our study used science mapping workflow and multiple research questions to investigate the broad literature about social banking and finance. With in-depth bibliometric analysis, authors examined qualitative and quantitative variables as primary research infor-mation, relevant sources, subject areas, authors data, social, thematic and intellectual structure. The data was retrieved from Web of Science (WOS) and then analysed using Bibliometrix R-package. The analysis was based on a sample of 270 articles and demonstrates a multidisciplinary vision of the research flow investigated. Our results show several insights regarding journals, authors and geographical interest of this research stream. Specifically, the literature, although dwelling on social finance and banking, includes five theoretical and practical clusters as (1) people’s well-being, combined with technological innovation, (2) governance, (3) ethical investment and sustainable development, (4) corporate social responsibility (CSR), and (5) transparency. The authors also note a line of research that observes technological solutions for the response to social and environmental problems. These results may be useful for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to foster social finance and financial system tools.

Keywords: social finance; social banking; sustainable development; bibliometric analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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