Determinants of Financial Empowerment Among Women in Saudi Arabia

Ali, Murad, Ali, Imran, Badghish, Saeed and Soomro, Yasir A. (2021) Determinants of Financial Empowerment Among Women in Saudi Arabia. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. p. 747255. ISSN 1664-1078

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Increasing women’s financial empowerment is important as they experience a lack of control over economic resources as compared to men. Although plenty of research evidence is available on the determinants of financial empowerment among women in developed countries, there is less known in the context of a traditionally male-dominated society like Saudi Arabia. The current study proposes a conceptual model that examines the role of financial literacy and financial socialization, in the development of financial self-efficacy, financial coping behaviors, and financial empowerment among Saudi women using social cognitive theory (SCT). Data are collected through a baseline survey from a sample of 1,368 women respondents who belong to the different segments of society ranging from female university students to women in the household to women working in different sectors in Saudi Arabia. We employed partial least squares (PLS) path modeling techniques using SmartPLS to test the hypotheses proposed in this study. The study found a significantly positive association between financial literacy, financial coping behavior, and financial well-being. Financial socialization is also significantly related to financial self-efficacy and financial empowerment. We also found the positive role of financial self-efficacy and financial coping behaviors in the development of financial empowerment. The practical implication of this study includes the provision of financial literacy education/training to Saudi women and increasing their financial socialization to improve their financial well-being.

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Additional Information: The authors extend their appreciation to the Deputyship for Research and Innovation, Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia for funding this research work through the project number SS343 (through the initiative of social sciences 2394325837).
Uncontrolled Keywords: financial literacy, financial socialization, financial coping behavior, Saudi women, financial empowerment, financial self-efficacy
Subjects: L100 Economics
L900 Others in Social studies
N300 Finance
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2021 09:22
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2021 09:30

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