Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35638
Authors: 
Bhandari, Amit K.
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 4132
Abstract: 
Financial inclusion is the broad based delivery of banking and other financial services at affordable cost to the poorest sections of society. In India, financial inclusion emphasizes to include maximum number of people under formal financial systems. The most important part of financial services in a region is typically measured by number of people who have access to bank accounts. The present study investigates the drive to financial inclusion in the form of the growth in bank accounts of scheduled commercial banks and the changes in below poverty line population. The result suggests that the growth in bank accounts is not significantly associated with the reduction in below poverty line population across states. Providing banking services to maximum number of people is unsuccessful as a poverty reduction strategy. As a poverty reduction strategy, developing inclusive financial systems should give priority, which is financially and socially sustainable.
Subjects: 
Banking
financial inclusion
poverty
JEL: 
G24
G21
I32
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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