Towards an economic geography of FinTech

Karen P.Y. Lai, Michael Samers

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In this paper, we identify the ways in which the existing literature has examined financial technology (FinTech). Using the frame of the ‘FinTech Cube’, we examine how FinTech unfolds through the intersections of key actors, technologies and institutions. We demonstrate the relevance of FinTech for two areas of geographical enquiry: i) the reshaping of global production and financial networks, and ii) financial inclusion and poverty reduction in poorer countries. In doing so, we accord particular attention to the significance of FinTech for theoretical and empirical research in economic geography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-739
Number of pages20
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2021

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  • FinTech
  • economic geography
  • finance
  • financial inclusion
  • global financial networks
  • global production networks
  • international financial centers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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