Faculty Publications

Title

The embeddedness of bank branch networks in immigrant gateways

Document Type

Article

Keywords

bank branch network, embeddedness, ethnic assets, San Francisco, Vancouver

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Canadian Geographer

Volume

58

Issue

1

First Page

48

Last Page

62

Abstract

Employing the concepts of embeddedness and ethnic assets, and using a mixed methods approach of in-depth interviews and the mapping of spatial data, this article examines the role of branches of various types of banks in immigrant integration in Vancouver and San Francisco. We find that the mainstream banking sector is less territorially embedded and the ethnic banking sector is more socially embedded, especially in the deployment of ethnic assets. Many banks actively pursue business opportunities by designing products and services that cater to the needs of immigrants of high socioeconomic status. Few are active in engaging unbanked and under-banked immigrants. Banks in Vancouver are more proactive in reaching out to their immigrant clientele, but those in San Francisco have begun to reach out to immigrants of lower socio-economic status. Such findings suggest policy implications for differential embeddedness and the utility of ethnic assets as a conceptual notion in financial geography and immigration studies. © 2013 Canadian Association of Geographers / L' Association canadienne des géographes.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2014

DOI of published version

10.1111/cag.12062

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