Thompson Rivers University

Aboriginal Fringe Finance Use and Financial Capabilities: Survey Evidence from a Canadian City

  Posted on: November 11, 2015

Dr. Lamb research examined survey data collected in the Canadian city of Kamloops, British Columbia. Data included banking habits and attitudes, socioeconomic characteristics, and financial capability levels of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal fringe finance users. The results suggest that Aboriginal fringe finance users have different characteristics, financial experiences and levels of financial capability than their non-Aboriginal counterparts. Aboriginal fringe finance users have lower levels of financial capability as assessed with an objective quiz. The results are expected to be relevant for policy makers attempting to reduce financial exclusion and increase well-being for Canada’s Aboriginal population as well as for other countries with Aboriginal populations, such as Australia and New Zealand. Her research was published in the peer reviewed journal Economic Papers.