U.S. Consumers’ Holdings and Use of $100 Bills
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Paper Series Research Data Reports No. 14-3
26 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2015
Date Written: November 25, 2014
Conventional wisdom asserts that $100 bills are often associated with crime and foreign cash holdings, leading some commentators to call for their elimination; in light of this view, it is useful to examine the legal, domestic use of cash. This report uses new data from the 2012 Diary of Consumer Payment Choice (DCPC) to evaluate consumer use of $100 bills as a means of payment. On a typical day in the United States, 5.2 percent of consumers have a $100 bill in their pocket, purse, or wallet. But only 22 percent of U.S. consumers have at least $100 in their wallet, pocket, or purse. Of these cash-intensive consumers, the main association with holding a $100 bill is the amount of cash carried. A consumer who carries $400 to $699 has a 64 percent probability of carrying at least one $100 bill.
Keywords: money demand, currency denominations, $100 bill, Diary of Consumer Payment Choice
JEL Classification: D14, E41
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