Special Issue "Sustainable Financial Technologies: Governance, Applications, and Implications"

A special issue of Economies (ISSN 2227-7099).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 October 2023 | Viewed by 1171

Special Issue Editors

Finance & Banking Department, Ahlia University, Manama, Bahrain
Interests: accounting; governance; fintech; intellectual capital; sustainability; big data governance; digital economy; sustainable finance
John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montréal, QC H3G 1M8, Canada
Interests: corporate finance; business economics; ownership structure; FinTech; entrepreneurship; EVA education
Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 3DE, UK
Interests: corporate narrative reporting; international financial reporting standards (IFRS); accounting and auditing organization for islamic financial institutions (AAOIFI); extensible business reporting language (XBRL); market-based accounting research; auditing, corporate governance; earnings management; corporate investment efficiency; corporate finance; islamic accounting and finance
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Dear Colleagues,

In the modern digital economy, we have become increasingly dependent on technologies and their progress, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the digital economy has witnessed the beginnings of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and big data, the new digital revolution accelerated by the pandemic will involve a societal approach to digitalization. This Special Issue discusses the human-centric approaches and applications of financial technologies (FinTech) which have implications for sustainability and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). In the digitalization process, sustainable technologies such as FinTech offer new approaches to understanding society and undertaking the epic mission of sustainable development. However, divides in technologies, infrastructures, and methods for evaluating several sustainable development goals (SDGs) restrict governance and effective implementation in several countries around the world. Therefore, this SI entitled ‘Sustainable Financial Technologies: Governance, Applications, and Implications’ plans to provide an overview of the latest challenges and risks of implementing FinTech, and its implications for sustainable development including governance, ethical, privacy, and social acceptance concerns. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of FinTech for sustainable development goals;
  • Sustainable investments and finance;
  • Post COVID-19 perspectives of FinTech Governance of FinTech applications and infrastructure;
  • Privacy, ethical and accountability concerns;
  • Social and cultural acceptance concerns;
  • Role of sustainable FinTech in Industry 5.0 and the Metaverse;
  • Metaverse platforms and sustainability;
  • Future perspectives and emerging trends in sustainable FinTech;
  • Proposed solutions for technological inequality and divides.

Dr. Abdalmuttaleb Al-Sartawi
Dr. Wajeeh Elali
Prof. Dr. Khaled Hussainey
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable technologies
  • FinTech
  • sustainable finance
  • digital economy
  • Industry 5.0
  • metaverse

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Financial Technology (FinTech) as a Financial Development Factor in the EU Countries
Economies 2023, 11(2), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/economies11020045 - 01 Feb 2023
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The aim of the research is to determine the impact of financial technology (FinTech) on financial development in EU countries. The multi-dimensional nature of the concepts described above and the low availability of data for regions smaller than countries makes it difficult to [...] Read more.
The aim of the research is to determine the impact of financial technology (FinTech) on financial development in EU countries. The multi-dimensional nature of the concepts described above and the low availability of data for regions smaller than countries makes it difficult to investigate the link between financial development and FinTech, as well as affects the values of the results due to a certain averaging of indices across countries. The study examines the Global FinTech Index and the Financial Development Index, which characterize financial development in the EU countries, as well as the sub-indices of the Financial Development Index. The article applies frequency analysis and correlation analysis methods. A positive linear relationship between the Global Fintech Index and the Financial Markets Index sub-index, as well as its components Financial Markets Depth Index and Financial Markets Efficiency Index, has been identified. There is also a positive linear relationship between the Global FinTech Index and the Financial Institutions Depth Index, while a negative linear relationship has been identified between the Global FinTech Index and the Financial Institutions Access Index. Full article
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