Identification of Barriers to Financial Inclusion Among Youth

  •  Amra Babajic    
  •  Jasmina Okicic    
  •  Meldina Jukan    


In recent years there is an increasing research attention on youth and their transition to adulthood. In that transition they have increasing demand for financial products and services. If they are not financial included it may leave long-lasting consequences for their future independence and stability.

The main goal of this research is to investigate and explain barriers to poor financial inclusion of youth in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH), and make some recommendations for increasing their financial inclusion, and indirectly for strengthening their social inclusion. Implications of this study suggest that the main reason for being unbanked is because someone else in the family already has an account, or because they do not have enough money to use services of financial institutions. The results have revealed statistically significant relation between need for financial services at a formal institution and having a bank account, category of students’ financial knowledge and having a bank account, having a debit card and having a credit card. Research results can serve the economic and social policy makers in the FBiH in policy and strategy design.

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