Financial education is more precious than money – examining the role of financial literacy in enhancing financial wellbeing among Saudi women

Yasir Ali Soomro, Murad Ali, Muhammad Zafar Yaqub*, Imran Ali, Saeed Badghish

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The study explores the role of financial literacy, financial socialisation, and certain demographic characteristics (such as income, education, father’s education and mother’s education) in enhancing financial wellbeing through developing/promoting financial self-efficacy and financial coping behaviours, among Saudi women. There is sparse research evidence available in the literature that examines the levels of financial literacy among Saudi women and how it contributes to their financial wellbeing and the related financial behaviours, this paper therefore, provides important evidence to bridge this important research gap. Based on PLS-based path modelling performed over a set of 1,338 responses from Saudi women, we found a significant positive effect of both the antecedents (i.e., financial literacy and the financial socialisation) on financial wellbeing mediated through financial self-efficacy and (financial) coping behaviours. Similarly, demographic characteristics including women respondents’ income, education, father’s education, and mother’s education are partially positively related to financial self-efficacy as well as the financial coping behaviour. However, demographic characteristics were not seen to be significantly related to financial wellbeing. Besides bridging significant research gaps in the literature, this study provides practical implications for Saudi women to enhance their financial wellbeing through enhancing financial literacy and financial socialisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Business Performance Management
Issue number1
Early online date1 Dec 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2024

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