Innovation Journal of Social Sciences and Economic Review 2024-04-13T03:23:44+00:00 Editorial Office Open Journal Systems <p><em>Summary of the Journal </em></p> <p><em>The<strong> Innovation Journal of Social Sciences and Economic Review</strong></em> (IJSSER) (ISSN: 3049-7019) is published by ICR Publications Ltd., UK. IJSSER is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, and open-access published quarterly journal. The Innovation Journal of Social Sciences and Economic Review believes in the power of interdisciplinary research to foster innovation and provide actionable insights for tackling global challenges. By blending the analytical tools and perspectives of social sciences and economics, the journal aims to contribute to the academic discourse and inform policymakers, practitioners, and the broader public. It champions originality, methodological rigor, and the potential for research to effect positive change, making it an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand or influence the contemporary socio-economic landscape.</p> <p>Innovation Journal of Social Sciences and Economic Review Previously known as the <a href="#"><strong>International Journal of Social Sciences and Economic Review </strong></a><strong>(I</strong><strong>SSN </strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>2706-9346 </strong></a><strong>). </strong>The website link<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a> will be the remain same</p> <ul> <li><strong>Publishing model:</strong> Open Access— Means readers can access it freely.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Publisher:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ICR Publications ltd, United Kingdom</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Indexed in: </strong>DOAJ, Google Scholar, Dimensions, Crossref, WorldCat, OCLC, PKP Index, Road Directory, Zenodo, OpenAIRE<a style="background-color: #ffffff; font-size: 0.875rem; font-family: 'Noto Sans', 'Noto Kufi Arabic', -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen-Sans, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;" href="">,</a> Scilit by MDPI, Mendeley, ECONBIZ (Economic Literature).</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Metrics</strong>: <a href=";as_sdt=0%2C5&amp;;btnG=">Google Scholar</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Digital Preservation, </strong>PKP, LOCKSS, Google Scholar, OpenAIRE, Internet Archive</p> </li> <li> <div> <div id="div_Revista_10" class="gtb_div_row gtb_par"> <div id="lbl_EVALUADA_EN" class="gtb_div_label"><strong>Signature of: </strong>DORA, BOAI</div> </div> </div> </li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Frequency:</strong> IJSSER published 4 issues in a year (March, Jun, September, and December). </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><label><strong>Key:</strong></label> <img src="" width="23" height="20" /> Open access: yes <img src="" width="23" height="19" /> Subscription no <img src="" width="18" /> Free content: yes <img src="" width="18" /> Trial content: no</p> Social Media’s Influence on the Attitudes of Younger Daughters-in-Law towards their Mothers-in-Law: A South African Context 2024-04-02T03:24:49+00:00 Mmathato Calphurnia Rammutla Ndivhuwo Doctor Sundani <p>This systematic review explores social media’s influence on the attitudes of younger daughters-in-law towards their mothers-in-law within the South African context. The researchers carried out the “Preferred Reporting Items for the Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” guidelines as a research methodology. The scientific search databases such as Google Scholar, EBSCOhost, ResearchGate, ScienceDirect, Scopus, Sabinet and Taylor &amp; Francis were used by the researchers to retrieve and analyse information from fourteen peer-reviewed journal articles (n=14) published between 2012 and 2023. Social media use is quickly expanding and families rely on it to stay in touch with their loved ones on a regular basis. Although social media has greatly enhanced the lives of many people, some cultures still value face-to-face interactions, especially in situations where they have to fulfil their traditional practices such as welcoming a daughter-in-law into their family or engaging in specific sensitive conversations. The study is limited to the South African context. Therefore, the role of family systems should be further explored to understand the mother-and-daughter-in-law relationship. More studies can be conducted to explore the role of culture in marriage and in-law relationships within the South African context. The study is valuable as it paves the way for further studies relating to the topic within the South African context. Further, this study is pivotal because it was conducted to help both daughters- and mothers-in-law strengthen and handle their online in-law relationships.</p> 2024-04-13T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Mmathato Calphurnia Rammutla, Ndivhuwo Doctor Sundani Fiscal Policy And Poverty In The Southern African Customs Union: The Case Of Frontier Technology Readiness Index and Skills 2024-03-04T17:12:41+00:00 Opeyemi Aromolaran Nicholas Ngepah <div><span lang="EN-MY">The study examines the relationship between fiscal policy, the level of poverty, and the frontier technology readiness index (skill) in the Southern African Customs Union over the period of 2012 to 2022. The technique of pooled ordinary least squares was used to ascertain the empirical findings, while the LLC and IPS established the stationarity of the variables. The empirical findings show that government expenditure on education, indirect taxes, and the skills index directly affect household consumption expenditure significantly and, by implication, reduce poverty. However, the interaction of government expenditure on education and skills significantly reduces household final consumption expenditure. The essence of the study is that the respective government in the Southern African Customs Union should harness efforts towards integrating relevant skills into the educational system in light of the 21st-century technology revolution. It is admitted that previous studies have largely concentrated on issues such as income inequality, financial inclusion, government expenditure program in addressing the problem of poverty in developing economies, this study, while observing the crucial role of fiscal policy, evaluates the effect of a frontier technology readiness index, skills, in abating the severity of poverty in the region.</span></div> 2024-03-12T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Opeyemi Aromolaran, Nicholas Ngepah Exploring the Gender Disparity in Sports Participation: A Qualitative Analysis of Women's Limited Engagement in Sports in Bangladesh 2024-03-28T11:42:49+00:00 Aklima Akter Tanni Md. Masudul Islam Khan <p style="font-weight: 400;">Gender equality is the subject of Sustainable Development Goal 5, one of the UN's 17 objectives. Assuring women's full and effective involvement and equitable opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life is the emphasis of SDG target 5.5. In Bangladesh, there is still a significant gender gap in sports participation, which limits women's access to physical activity, personal growth, and social empowerment, a major hindrance to achieving SDGs within 2030. In Bangladesh, there is still a significant gender gap in sports participation, which limits women's access to physical activity, personal growth, and social empowerment, a major hindrance to achieving SDGs within 2030. The research aims to uncover the socio-cultural, institutional, and psychological barriers hampering women's active sports involvement through in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, and content analysis. The study finds that traditional gender norms and societal expectations emerged as significant barriers to women's sports participation, and parental attitudes and support has been identified as major issues in enabling girls to participate in sports. Limited access to training facilities, coaching, and competitions specifically tailored for women hindered their progress, and the importance of mentors and role models was underscored throughout the study.</p> 2024-04-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Aklima Akter Tanni, Md. Masudul Islam Khan Marital Beliefs, Marital Virtues, and Neighborhood Cohesion as Predictors of Marital Satisfaction in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: A Multilevel Analysis 2024-03-05T15:38:56+00:00 Shimelis Wondimu Tamirie Andualem <p>This study examines the role of marital beliefs, marital virtues, and neighborhood cohesion in marital satisfaction among 386 participants in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The study used a descriptive correlational study design. Participants were selected using multistage random sampling techniques, and data were collected using a questionnaire. Multilevel modeling was employed to analyze the data. Findings indicated that all marital beliefs, marital virtues, and neighborhood cohesion were positively and significantly associated with marital satisfaction. The findings from multilevel modeling showed that marital virtues and neighborhood cohesion significantly predicted marital satisfaction at both individual and neighborhood levels, whereas marital beliefs predicted marital satisfaction only at the individual level. Besides, marital virtues moderated the association between shared neighborhood cohesion and marital satisfaction, such that participants who reported lower marital virtues had a lower level of marital satisfaction when their neighbors experienced lower shared neighborhood cohesion. The interactive effect of shared marital virtues and marital beliefs can also influence marital satisfaction when participants reported low levels of marital belief and from a neighbor of fewer marital virtues; they tend to report low levels of marital satisfaction. The study concludes that the participants' positive beliefs about marriage, marital virtues, and cohesive relationships with their neighbors positively influence their marital satisfaction. Marriage practitioners, policymakers, and community workers might benefit from this study. Limitations and future directions are also discussed.</p> 2024-03-12T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Shimelis Wondimu Unveiling the Dynamics of Women's Self-Help Groups: Exploring Socio-Economic and Socio-Psychological Factors in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia 2024-02-21T17:58:04+00:00 Nebeyu Yohannes Wassie Daniel Tefera Abebe <div><span lang="EN-MY">The study aimed to address the critical research gap in understanding the effectiveness of Group Dynamics (GD) within Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in the Ethiopian context. Specifically, it sought to examine the extent to which socioeconomic and sociopsychological variables predicted group dynamics and how well these dynamics predicted attitudes among SHG members. A correlational design was employed to investigate the relationships between various variables. A sample of 372 SHG members was selected using simple random sampling. Data analysis included correlation and multiple regression techniques. Assumptions of normality, outliers, and multicollinearity were assessed and met. The results revealed several significant findings. Firstly, attitude, extension contact, socioeconomic profile, and social participation of SHG members were found to have statistically significant positive relationships with Group Dynamics Effectiveness (GDE). Secondly, the regression model including these predictors significantly explained 59.3% of the variance in GDE. Attitude emerged as the strongest predictor, contributing 18.5% uniquely to explaining GDE. Lastly, the socioeconomic profile of SHG members was identified as the weakest predictor, explaining only 0.5% of the unique variance in GDE. The study concluded that there is a significant relationship between various factors such as attitude, extension contact, socioeconomic status, and social participation with the effectiveness of group dynamics within SHGs in Ethiopia. Attitude was highlighted as the most influential factor contributing to GDE, while socioeconomic status had a relatively minimal impact. These findings have important implications for the design and implementation of SHG programs in Ethiopia. Specifically, efforts to enhance attitude and extension contact among SHG members may lead to more effective group dynamics, ultimately improving the overall success and impact of SHG initiatives on socioeconomic development in the region.</span></div> 2024-03-12T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Nebeyu Yohannes Wassie, Daniel Tefera Abebe Stakeholders Engagement And Performance of Non-Governmental Organizations In Ethiopia 2023-11-26T11:16:02+00:00 Lakachew Zeleke Wario Guyo Makori Moronge <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Purpose of the study: </strong>The objective of the study was to examine the influence of stakeholders’ engagement on the performance of NGOs in Ethiopia.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Methodology: </strong>The study utilized a mixed-methods approach (descriptive survey and correlational research designs) to collect quantitative data using a survey questionnaire. The study’s unit of analysis was the local NGOs, while the units of observation were the CEOs and board chairpersons of the sampled organizations. The systematic sampling technique and SPSS aided in data analysis. Suitable responses for analysis were received from 475 out of 654 questionnaires distributed. Among these, there were 276 responses from CEOs and 199 from board chairpersons.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Main Findings: </strong>Stakeholders’ engagement influenced performance. However, there is a moderate level of stakeholders’ engagement among NGOs in Ethiopia.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Research limitations/implications: </strong>The findings were cross-sectional and can be generalized to local NGOs in Ethiopia. Therefore, future studies should consider a wider scope in terms of period and include other international NGOs in Ethiopia and those outside Ethiopia. Evaluation was also done based on internal stakeholders; hence, future studies should also consider views from external stakeholders.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Conclusions: </strong>The study reveals that stakeholders’ engagement significantly positively influences the performance of local NGOs in Ethiopia. It has also been established that there is a moderate level of stakeholders’ engagement among NGOs in Ethiopia. These findings provide insights for enhancing stakeholders’ engagement among the local NGOs in Ethiopia and offer recommendations for future research.</p> <p><strong>Novelty/originality of the study: </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">This study offers useful insights into existing knowledge by investigating the relationship between stakeholders’ engagement and the performance of NGOs in Ethiopia. The findings of this research provide valuable insights for NGOs, policymakers, academicians, and other stakeholders, enabling them to develop effective strategies for stakeholder engagement that can enhance the performance and impact of NGOs.</span></p> 2024-01-05T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Lakachew Zeleke, Wario Guyo, Makori Moronge Increasing Impact of Spain on the Equity Markets of Brazil, Chile and Mexico During the Neoliberal Reforms of the 1990s 2023-10-07T07:49:16+00:00 Andres Rivas Rahul Verma Antonio Rodriguez Pedro H. Albuquerque <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Purpose: </strong>The article examines stock index price responses in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico to those in the US, Spain, and four European countries during three sub-periods surrounding the neoliberal reforms of the 1990s: 1988 to 1994, 1995 to 1998, and 1999 to 2004.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Design/methodology/approach</strong>: The methodology is empirical and uses time series analysis, in particular impulse response functions (IRFs) derived using vector autoregression (VAR) models.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Main Findings</strong>: It finds that equity markets became more interconnected as countries opened to international trade and capital flows and that there was an increasing impact of Spain on Latin American equity markets. Stronger economic linkages (more trade and foreign direct investment) between Spain and these countries, especially in Brazil, seem to explain increased equity market interconnectedness.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Research limitations/implications: </strong>The study limitations are, in general, the same that apply to the VAR methodology, and in particular, to missing control variables or to possible bias in the selection of the subsample periods used as historical benchmarks.</p> <p><strong>Originality/value: </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">To our knowledge, no other work showed that there was an increasing impact of Spain on Latin American equity markets during the neoliberal reform period by using IRFs and VAR models.</span></p> 2023-10-19T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Andres Rivas, Rahul Verma, Antonio Rodriguez, Pedro H. Albuquerque Factors Affecting Service Quality in a Saudi Hotel Industry: A Case Study in Albaha, Saudi Arabia 2023-10-31T10:45:24+00:00 Adil Zia <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Purpose of the study</strong>: The objective of this study is to examine the factors that influence Service Quality (SQ) in hotels located in Albaha, Saudi Arabia, and evaluate the extent of their influence.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Methodology:</strong> Data was collected from 500 customers using the SERVQUAL questionnaire, with 327 responses suitable for analysis. Convenience sampling was used, and Smart PLS software aided in data analysis.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Main findings:</strong> Tangibility and Empathy significantly influenced Service Quality, while Reliability, Responsiveness, and Assurance had negligible impact.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Research limitations/implications:</strong> This study offers insights for enhancing social intelligence (SQ) in Albaha's hotel industry, highlighting areas for further research.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Conclusions:</strong> This study reveals that Tangibility and Empathy significantly influence Service Quality in Albaha's hotels, while Reliability, Responsiveness, and Assurance show negligible impact. These findings provide actionable insights for enhancing social intelligence in the local hotel industry and highlight avenues for further research.</p> <p><strong>Novelty/Originality of this study:</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The study sheds light on the factors affecting service quality in Albaha's hotels, proposing culturally appropriate strategies for improvement.</span></p> 2023-12-22T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Adil Zia Social Media Usage Affects Family Communication Among Chinese Adolescence 2023-08-04T18:18:18+00:00 Ng Jia Ling Tilagavati Subramaniam Noor Eleena Nordin <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Purpose</strong>: The purpose of this study was to see how social media usage affected family communication among Chinese adolescents. The study's overarching goal was to determine the influence of social networks on family communication among Chinese adolescents. The study aimed to determine how frequently Chinese adolescents used social media and how this might affect their family interactions.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Design / Methodology / Approach:</strong> The data were obtained from seven Chinese respondents who comprised the sample. In-depth interviews were used as a data collection tool. The data collected were thematically analysed.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Main Findings: </strong>The findings reveal that Chinese adolescents spend more time interacting with friends and social networks online than speaking with their families. They frequently seek mentoring, advice, and emotional and social support from online friends. According to the study findings, adolescents' personalities significantly impede effective family interaction and communication.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Research limitations/implications:</strong> The findings show that social media significantly impacts family communication. Future research could also look at the attitudes and behaviours of parents and adult children on social media.</p> <p><strong>Originality/value</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">: This research is unique in that it looks at the Chinese community's family communication patterns on social media. The findings of this study will benefit Chinese society because family communication serves as a crucible for society.</span></p> 2023-09-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Tilagavati Subramaniam, Noor Eleena Nordin Environmental and Socio-economic Impact Assessment in Hazaribag Area of Dhaka for Tannery Relocation 2023-03-13T10:17:10+00:00 Ashik Iqbal Md. Hasibul Hasan M. Rasheduzzman Shuva Ranjan Paul Rubaiya Hamid <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Purpose of the study:</strong> The objective of this study is to find out the tannery relocation’s impact on the surrounding environment, social, economic, livelihood conditions, and institutional and stakeholder perception in Hazaribag.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Methodology:</strong> The methodological framework includes a field survey and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools, i.e., Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and Key Informant Interview (KII).</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Main Findings:</strong> After the relocation, the surrounding environment, odour, and surface water condition have improved at a very satisfactory rate. Nevertheless, many tannery workers either become unemployed or transferred to their non-expertise field, and the economic and business condition of the area has decreased. Also, there are some conflicts between the owner and workers. After the relocation, the government has not properly managed the post-relocation situation in the brownfield.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Research implications/limitations:</strong> The research findings will be helpful in planning the utilization of the brownfield. The study's limitations include reliance on respondents' perceptions and opinions and not conducting chemical analysis for water and environmental monitoring. Continuous monitoring of the change is needed to find the impact in the long run.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Novelty/Originality of this study:</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Many studies were conducted on the impact of the Tannery in the Hazaribag area, and the Tannery was eventually relocated. The study fills a gap in the literature by presenting the scenario after the relocation to address the impact of relocation in Hazaribag, which is a significant observation for further development of the brownfield area.</span></p> 2023-03-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Ashik Iqbal, Md. Hasibul Hasan, M. Rasheduzzman, Shuva Ranjan Paul, Rubaiya Hamid