The use of financial technology through banking agency in emerging economy

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Financial technology has transformed the banking industry, providing convenient and efficient alternatives to traditional banking services. In emerging economies, where access to formal banking services may be limited, the utilisation of financial technology through banking agencies has garnered significant attention (Limna & Kraiwanit, 2022; Nguyen, 2022). This study aims to explore the factors influencing the adoption of financial technology through banking agencies in Thailand. The research employed a quantitative approach, utilising an online questionnaire to gather data from a convenience sample of 1,224 participants. Binary regression analysis was employed to analyse the collected data. The results indicated that the use of banking agents can be influenced by factors such as status, residence, experience, and transaction frequency. When making policy recommendations, it is crucial for financial institutions to ensure that the safety policies protecting the clients of banking agents meet the same standards as those of the appointing financial institutions. Further research is warranted to examine the usage patterns among different age groups, particularly the elderly, as this demographic is often overlooked and may face challenges in a digital environment. As the acceptance of financial transactions through banking agents grows among the older population, it is expected that seniors will increasingly adopt this banking method.

Keywords: Banking Agent, Financial Technology, Emerging Country

Authors’ individual contribution: Conceptualization — T.K.; Methodology — S.C., T.K., and Y.S.; Validation — S.C., T.K., V.D., and Y.S.; Investigation — S.C., T.K., and V.D.; Resources — S.C., T.K., V.D., and Y.S.; Writing — S.C., T.K., V.D., and Y.S.; Supervision — T.K.

Declaration of conflicting interests: The Authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

JEL Classification: G20, G21, G23, G28, O16

Received: 21.02.2023
Accepted: 20.11.2023
Published online: 22.11.2023

How to cite this paper: Chaisiripaibool, S., Kraiwanit, T., Duangsin, V., & Shaengchart, Y. (2023). The use of financial technology through banking agency in emerging economy [Special issue]. Journal of Governance & Regulation, 12(4), 236–243.