Fintech and Financial Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean
77 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2022
Date Written: August 2021
Despite some improvement since 2011, Latin America and the Caribbean continue to lag behind other regions in terms of financial inclusion. There is no clear evidence that fintech developments have supported greater financial inclusion in LAC, contrary to what has been observed elsewhere in the world. Case studies by national policy experts suggest that barriers to entry in the financial sector, along with a constraining regulatory environment, may have hindered a faster adoption of fintech. However, fintech development seems to have accelerated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and with the support of recent policy initiatives.
Keywords: fintech development, policy initiative, financial product, cash transfer program, ACH Colombia, electronic cash, per capita income, credit card payment, Financial inclusion, Fintech, Financial sector, Caribbean, Middle East and Central Asia, Central America, South America, Asia and Pacific
JEL Classification: G28, O54, E44, E42, G20
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