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Financial Inclusion in Asia

Issues and Policy Concerns

  • Sasidaran Gopalan
  • Tomoo Kikuchi

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Impact Finance book series (SIF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Measurement and Determinants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Zuzana Fungáčová, Laurent Weill
      Pages 35-57
  3. Financial Inclusion: Importance and Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Aaron Mehrotra, G. V. Nadhanael
      Pages 93-127
  4. Financial Inclusion in Asia: Country Experiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Rajesh Chakrabarti, Kaushiki Sanyal
      Pages 209-256
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 257-263

About this book


This book brings together a set of analytical and empirical essays aimed at understanding inclusive finance in emerging markets focusing on Asia. Despite the significant policy interest in the issue of financial inclusion in the Asian market, there is a dearth of academic literature on the topic. This book fills this gap by being the first of its kind to address the relevant issues and policy concerns relating to the availability and affordability of financial services in this rapidly emerging geopolitical area. The book features a mixture of empirical and case study oriented essays, informed by data, literature and policy analysis that will be useful for both the academics and the policy makers in the region interested in the subject. Countries highlighted in the essays assessing financial inclusivity include Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India.


Availability Financial Exclusion Emerging Markets Asia Case Studies Financial Development Financial Literacy Determinants Digital Payment System Income Inequality Financial Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Sasidaran Gopalan
    • 1
  • Tomoo Kikuchi
    • 2
  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

About the editors

Dr Sasidaran Gopalan is a Research Fellow at the Asia Competitiveness Institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Prior to this, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study. 

Dr Tomoo Kikuchi is a Senior Research Fellow at Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. His research interests include: economic growth and development, international trade and investment, asset price bubbles and political economy.

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