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Who are the Unbanked?

Simeon Djankov

New Economic School (NES)

Pedro C. Miranda

Stanford University

Enrique Seira

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Siddharth Sharma

The World Bank

June 2008

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. WPS4647

We use nationally representative survey data from Mexico to compare households with savings accounts in formal financial institutions to their neighbors who do not have such accounts. The survey, which was conducted in 2005, contains information on nearly 5000 households. We find that while neighboring banked and unbanked households have similar demographic and occupational profiles, the former are more educated and have markedly greater wealth. The median banked household spends 32% more per capita than the median unbanked household, and the median per capita wealth in banked households is 88% higher than that in unbanked households. Our findings suggest that education levels, wealth and unobserved household attributes which might be correlated with wealth and education play a major role in explaining who is banked.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: unbanked, access to financial services, savings accounts, banking for the poor

JEL Classification: O16, O20, G21, D10

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Date posted: June 21, 2008  

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Djankov, Simeon and Miranda, Pedro C. and Seira, Enrique and Sharma, Siddharth, Who are the Unbanked? (June 2008). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. WPS4647. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1147873

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Simeon Djankov
New Economic School (NES) ( email )
47 Nakhimovsky Prospekt
Moscow, 117418
HOME PAGE: http://www.nes.ru
Pedro C. Miranda
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305
United States
Enrique Seira
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) ( email )
Av. Camino a Sta. Teresa 930
Col. Héroes de Padierna
Mexico City, D.F. 01000, Federal District 01080
Siddharth Sharma (Contact Author)
The World Bank ( email )
2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States
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