'Even' after Access to Financial Services? Ricocheting Gender Equations

34 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2016

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Shoba Arun

Manchester Metropolitan University

Samuel Kobina Annim

University of Manchester

Thankom Gopinath Arun

University of Central Lancashire

Abstract

The paper focuses on women's financial behaviour in their use of higher order financial services in Ghana and South Africa, inviting a gendered and social analysis of deconstructing financial behaviour. Women in South Africa are more likely to use general financial products than in Ghana, though in general more men use advanced investment products. Race has an important effect in South Africa. Much of these gender differentials is related to differences in gendered behaviour, yet generalizations on how gender relates to risk aversion is not supported. Rather non-financial approaches may explain how social relations propel women's decision to prioritise the use of financial services as a result of ascribed gender and social roles. These findings contribute to the debates on the feminisation of finance, as women are increasingly interpellated as financial subjects, manifesting the gendered organisation of global financial structures that operate on gendered norms and behaviour.

Keywords: gender, access to finance, risk, Ghana and South Africa

JEL Classification: O16, O55, A14, B54

Suggested Citation

Arun, Shoba and Annim, Samuel Kobina and Arun, Thankom Gopinath, 'Even' after Access to Financial Services? Ricocheting Gender Equations. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10099. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2819381

Shoba Arun (Contact Author)

Manchester Metropolitan University ( email )

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Samuel Kobina Annim

University of Manchester ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://ssrn.com/author=1001830

Thankom Gopinath Arun

University of Central Lancashire ( email )

United Kingdom

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