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Financial self-efficacy: a mediator in advancing financial inclusion

Rachel Mindra (Department of Finance, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Musa Moya (Department of Economics and Business, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Article publication date: 13 March 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the mediating effect of financial self-efficacy (FSE) on the relationship between financial attitude, financial literacy and financial inclusion (FI) among individuals in Uganda.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a quantitative approach and cross-sectional research design, a sample of 400 individuals from urban Central and rural Northern Uganda was drawn. Using SPSS and AMOS™ 21, structural equation models and bootstrapping methods were used to establish the hypothesized relationships and mediation effects between financial attitude, financial literacy and FI.

Findings

The results suggested FSE as a mediator of the relationship between financial attitude, financial literacy and FI. Further, there was a significant and insignificant relationship between financial literacy, financial attitude and FI, respectively.

Research limitations/implications

The study was assessed using both potential and actual consumers of financial services collectively. However if separately assessed, possibly there would be a variation in perceptions or behavioural responses towards FI.

Practical implications

There is a need to develop and sustain high levels of financial confidence among individuals to enable them use formal financial services.

Social implications

Possession of financial knowledge, skills, an evaluative judgement with high levels of financial confidence enable individuals make financial decisions that improve their integration into the formal financial system and improved welfare.

Originality/value

The results contribute towards the limited empirical and theoretical evidence regarding the mediating role of FSE in explaining the financial behaviour.

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Citation

Mindra, R. and Moya, M. (2017), "Financial self-efficacy: a mediator in advancing financial inclusion", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 36 No. 2, pp. 128-149. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-05-2016-0040

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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