Consumption switch at haste: insights from Indian low-income customers for adopting Fintech services due to the pandemic
Keywords:Fintech, Low-income segment, fear, social influence, India
The Covid-19 pandemic has created an environment of uncertainty, stress and financial vulnerability. As countries all over the world adopted preventive strategies ranging from voluntary isolations to stringent lockdowns, people and businesses were required to adjust their dispositions to the new normal resulting in new behaviors. The customer behaviour in financial services was also impacted and especially in developing economies as people were required to move to digital financial platforms at haste. In recent times, Fintech services are on a steady rise globally but their presence in the emerging markets is in a nascent stage and adoption by the low-income segment customers has largely been elusive. Much work is required to understand the needs of this customer cohort to identify factors for product adoption. This study investigates the impact on financial behavior among low-income segment customers for Fintech services due to the pandemic. By testing a set of hypotheses regarding inclination to adopt Fintech the study presents prominent antecedents such as fear, social influence, awareness and trust that led to positive product adoption. The study discusses the theoretical and managerial implications of the study and presents direction for future research.