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Does governance quality matter in the nexus of inclusive finance and stability?

Mallika Saha (Department of Accounting and Information Systems, University of Barishal, Barishal, Bangladesh) (School of Finance, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, China)
Kumar Debasis Dutta (Department of Finance and Banking, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Patuakhali, Bangladesh) (School of Finance, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, China)

China Finance Review International

ISSN: 2044-1398

Article publication date: 21 January 2022

Issue publication date: 6 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Despite numerous evidence of policy trade-off in financial inclusion-stability nexus, little is known about the role of governance quality to align policy goals and maximizing the social benefits. Therefore, to fill the gap, this study focuses to investigate the moderating effect of country governance (CG) in the interplay between financial-inclusion (FI) and financial-stability (FS), using a large panel of 84 economies covering the years 2004–2017.

Design/methodology/approach

For attaining this objective, the study constructs several indexes for FI, FS and CG using principal component analysis (PCA) and examines how FI influences FS at different CG levels applying advanced econometrics.

Findings

The results show that CG plays a very crucial role in eradicating the trade-off and strengthens the synergy between FI and FS. The findings are insensitive to several robustness validations and could be constructive for policymakers to devise policies and to ensure financial stability.

Originality/value

As far as the authors are aware, this is the only paper that empirically explains CG's role in FI-FS nexus.

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Acknowledgements

The fifth chapter of Mallika Saha's unpublished PhD thesis served as the basis for this study. She is immensely grateful to her PhD supervisors, Prof. Dr. Dongmin Kong, for his continuous support and invaluable suggestions during her PhD journey. The authors would like to convey their heartfelt appreciation to the editor, associate editor and anonymous reviewers for their insightful remarks and recommendations, which helped to improve the paper's quality. Any remaining mistakes are their responsibility.

Citation

Saha, M. and Dutta, K.D. (2023), "Does governance quality matter in the nexus of inclusive finance and stability?", China Finance Review International, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 121-139. https://doi.org/10.1108/CFRI-08-2021-0166

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