Socio and macroeconomic determinants of mobile money adoption: a cross-cultural study of selected MENA and Sub-Saharan countries


Siddika, Aysa and Al Mamun, Abdullah Sarwar (2023) Socio and macroeconomic determinants of mobile money adoption: a cross-cultural study of selected MENA and Sub-Saharan countries. Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance. ISSN 2398-5038

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Purpose – This study aims to investigate the factors contributing to the low adoption rate of mobile money services (MMS) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region compared to other regions. The study focussed on socio-demographic factors and macro-level determinants in several selected MENA and Sub-Saharan African (SSA) regions where MMS have been successful. Design/methodology/approach – This study analysed 23 countries across MENA and SSA to establish the correlation between socio and macroeconomic factors and MMS adoption using a quantitative approach. The analysis used the generalized least square (GLS) method. Findings – The study revealed that gender and income are factors that positively influence the adoption of MMS in MENA and SSA regions. Additionally, the study found that the affordability index, which measures macroeconomic indicators, correlates with MMS adoption in both regions but in an inversed way. On the other hand, political stability appears to have a positive correlation with MMS adoption in the MENA region. The correlation between the regulatory index and MMS adoption positively impacts the entire study group, although it is insignificant in the SSA region. Research limitations/implications – Future studies should assess market competition among MMS providers and the psychological aspect of user adoption behaviour. Additionally, conducting a focus group discussion with stakeholders in the MMS industry can assist in uncovering potential factors contributing to low MMS adoption in the MENA region. Originality/value – This study contributes to understanding the role of the socio-demographic and macroeconomic determinants in promoting digital transformation through adopting MMS.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobile money services, MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa, Socio and macroeconomic determinants
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG1501-3550 Banking > HG1710-1710.5 Electronic funds transfers
Divisions: Faculty of Management (FOM)
Depositing User: Ms Nurul Iqtiani Ahmad
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2023 03:08
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2023 03:08


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