Financial Exclusion of the Rural Population in Poland


The paper attempts to assess the extent of financial exclusion of the rural population in Poland. One of the most basic measures of fi nancial exclusion is percentage of adult residents lacking a bank account. This and other measures verifying the population's use of fundamental banking services and the statistical data on development of banking infrastructure in the territorial context were then employed to conduct an assessment of the extent and causes of fi nancial exclusion with a particular emphasis on the rural areas. The findings show that, like in many other countries, the extent of provision of financial services among the rural population is more limited compared to the urban population. The financial exclusion, has much deeper roots going beyond the geographical factors. The real causes of the fi nancial exclusion lie not only in access to banking services but also in their price, the population's income, as well as being strongly aff ected by information and behaviour. 


Financial exclusion; Rural population; Rural areas; Banking services; Financial services

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Published : 2015-12-31

Kata, R., Walenia, A., & Pyrkosz, D. (2015). Financial Exclusion of the Rural Population in Poland. Journal of Agribusiness and Rural Development, 38(4), 705-715.

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Uniwersytet Rzeszowski  Poland
Alina Walenia 
Uniwersytet Rzeszowski  Poland
Damian Pyrkosz 
Uniwersytet Rzeszowski  Poland

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