28 Pages Posted: 11 May 2013
Date Written: May 4, 2013
Banks supply payment services that underpin the smooth operation of the economy. To ensure an efficient payment system, it is important to maintain competition among payment service providers, but data available to gauge the degree of competition are quite limited. We propose and implement a frontier- based method to assess relative competition in bank-provided payment services. Billion dollar banks account for around 90 percent of assets in the U.S., and those with around $4 to $7 billion in assets turn out to be both the most and the least competitive in payment services, not the very largest banks.
Keywords: Payments, competition, banks, frontier analysis
JEL Classification: G21, L80, L00
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Bolt, Wilko and Humphrey, David B., Competition in Bank-Provided Payment Services (May 4, 2013). FRB of Philadelphia Working Paper No. 13-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2262909 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2262909