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Investigating determinants of youth's intentions of seeking microcredit in the post-conflict era

Charles Jebarajakirthy (Faculty of Business and Enterprise, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia)
Antonio C. Lobo (Faculty of Business and Enterprise, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia)
Chandana Hewege (Faculty of Business and Enterprise, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia)

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

ISSN: 1355-5855

Article publication date: 2 September 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

Bottom of pyramid market (BOP) has gained attention of researchers and marketers in recent years. The BOP market comprises many segments, however, little is known about purchase behaviour in BOP market or segments therein. The purpose of this paper is to investigate youth's intentions of seeking microcredit in the post-war era that are an integral part of BOP market.

Design/methodology/approach

The sample comprised 1,250 youth aged 18 and above from Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Surveys were administered for data collection. After testing measurement model, a structural model was run to test hypotheses.

Findings

Positive affect, subjective norms and entrepreneurial desire enhanced intentions of seeking microcredit, whereas perceived deterrents negatively influenced those intentions. Perceived benefits, perceived behavioural control and knowledge of microcredit did not have significant effects on these intentions.

Research limitations/implications

This study was conducted in one war-affected country, Sri Lanka. Also, data were cross-sectional. Hence the model needs replication amongst youth in other post-conflict contexts and with longitudinal data.

Practical implications

Findings of this study would be of use to market microcredit to youth in post-conflict era and other segments of BOP.

Originality/value

A unique purchase behavioural model is suggested to enhance youths’ intentions of seeking microcredit in the post-war era, a segment within the BOP market. This study can contribute to purchase behaviour literature in identified contexts.

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Citation

Jebarajakirthy, C., C. Lobo, A. and Hewege, C. (2014), "Investigating determinants of youth's intentions of seeking microcredit in the post-conflict era", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 26 No. 4, pp. 579-601. https://doi.org/10.1108/APJML-03-2014-0039

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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