The Prevalence and Drivers of Financial Resilience Among Adults

Evidence from the 2014 and 2017 Global Findex data from 144 economies worldwide

This paper uses nationally representative 2014 and 2017 data from 144 economies worldwide to examine the ability of adult populations to withstand a moderate and unexpected financial disruption. Specifically, the paper examines the association of individual and country level factors with financial resilience, defined as people’s self-reported ability to access funds for an emergency within one month. Three inter-connected questions are addressed:

  1. Which economies do particularly well or poorly in supporting financial resilience?
  2. Is access to formal financial services for low income adults associated with financial resilience?
  3. Which financial behaviors are associated with financial resilience?

The paper begins with an overview of the concept of financial health and its measurement, and then discusses the data used for the analysis. It reviews patterns in the prevalence of financial resilience globally, presents results from the analysis, and concludes with a discussion of the results.

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By Paul Gubbins