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9780190249960

Financial Inclusion What Everyone Needs to Know®

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    9780190249960

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    019024996X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2022-09-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

Over 30 percent of the world's adults lack access to basic financial tools - more often women, members of minority groups, and poor families. The ability to buy what you need, when you need it, to put money aside for the future, and to withstand bad luck without financial ruin seem like basic
elements of life in a functioning economy. But life is not that simple for people who lack financial tools. In fact, the tighter the budget, the more you need and benefit from financial services. Financial inclusion, or to put another way, having the tools necessary to take control of one's finances
and make progress towards one's goals, is essential to a just and fair society.

In Financial Inclusion: What Everyone Needs to Know® , prominent experts Jonathan Morduch and Timothy Ogden explain in straightforward language how the lack of financial inclusion reinforces broader inequities in our society. Using their extensive backgrounds in finance, technology, economic change,
and inequality, Morduch and Ogden detail efforts to guarantee that all people, rich and poor, have access to quality financial services and the ability to make prudent financial choices.

Framed by the simple concept of equal access, this book explains the mechanisms of one of the most contentious and misunderstood parts of modern economics by answering a few core questions: What is financial inclusion? Why does it matter? How does it work? When doesn't it work? What are the risks?
and How can more people be included?

Author Biography


Jonathan Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He is a founder and Executive Director of the NYU Financial Access Initiative.. He is the coauthor of The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty (2017), Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day (2009),and The Economics of Microfinance (2010); and coeditor of Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion (2012). Morduch has taught on the Economics faculty at Harvard, and has held visiting positions at Stanford, Princeton, Hitotsubashi University, and the University of Tokyo.

Timothy Ogden is Managing Director of the Financial Access Initiative, a research center focused on financial services for low-income households around the world, and an adjunct professor at NYU Wagner. He is a senior fellow of the Aspen Institute's Economic Opportunities Program and Financial Security Program.. He was also managing director of the US Financial Diaries project, an initiative which tracked the financial lives of 235 low- and moderate- income US household for a full year. Ogden serves as a director of Sona Partners, and chairman of GiveWell. He has developed and edited more than 20 books, and is co-author of Toyota Under Fire (2011) and author of Experimental Conversations (2016).

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