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Measuring Financial Inclusion in the EU: the New "Financial Inclusion Score"

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This paper proposes a synthetic measure of financial inclusion. A new “Financial Inclusion Score” (or FIS) uses endogenous weights for inputs and outputs, using a data envelopment analysis (DEA) method. Using these FIS scores, this paper discusses the financial inclusion ranking of 27 EU countries, and suggests how this measure can be used by national and EU policymakers for advancing financial inclusion.

This Policy Note offers a macro-level measure of financial inclusion that links both sides of the market, and offers a composite inclusion score comparable across EU countries based on available data.

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