Date Published:
Dec 31, 2023
Focus Area(s):
DP 2023-45

The COVID-19 crisis created conditions for digital finance to accelerate financial inclusion in the Philippines. This paper explores different sources, including survey, administrative, and market data, to compare trends in account ownership and usage before and after the pandemic. Stylized facts about financial inclusion and demographic information across periods are then drawn based on probit regressions, with special focus on digital financial services. This is followed by an analysis of how service providers, consumers, and the government have shaped and continue to shape the digital finance landscape. The paper closes with conclusions and policy recommendations moving forward.

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