The Economics of Credit Cards, Debit Cards and Atms: A Survey and Some New Evidence

Journal of Banking & Finance, Vol. 32, No. 8, pp. 1468-1483, August 2008

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-1147

36 Pages Posted: 7 May 2006 Last revised: 25 Jul 2013

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Barry Scholnick

University of Alberta - Department of Marketing, Business Economics & Law

Nadia Massoud

Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne

Anthony Saunders

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Santiago Carbo-Valverde

University of Granada

Francisco Rodriguez-Fernandez

University of Granada - Department of Economic Theory and History

Date Written: April 1, 2006

Abstract

This paper provides a critical survey of the large and diffuse literature on credit cards, debit cards and ATMs. We argue that because there are still many outstanding issues and questions about the pricing, use and substitutability of these payment mechanisms, that there are significant further opportunities for research in these areas. A large number of questions are examined in this survey, including the pricing of credit cards, the impact of networks on the provision and pricing of ATMs, as well as the tradeoffs that consumers make between different types of payment mechanism, including debit cards, credit cards and ATMs. Importantly, this paper is also amongst the first to provide new evidence on this latter question from bank level data (from Spain). We conclude that point of sale (debit card) and ATM transactions are substitutes, and that ATM surcharges impacts point of sale volume significantly.

Keywords: Credit Cards, debit cards, point of sale, POS, ATMs, Retail payment system

JEL Classification: C72, D12, D43, D83, G21

Suggested Citation

Scholnick, Barry and Massoud, Nadia and Saunders, Anthony and Carbo-Valverde, Santiago and Rodriguez-Fernandez, Francisco, The Economics of Credit Cards, Debit Cards and Atms: A Survey and Some New Evidence (April 1, 2006). Journal of Banking & Finance, Vol. 32, No. 8, pp. 1468-1483, August 2008, University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-1147, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=899452 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.899452

Barry Scholnick (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Marketing, Business Economics & Law ( email )

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Nadia Massoud

Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne ( email )

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Anthony Saunders

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )

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Santiago Carbo-Valverde

University of Granada ( email )

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Granada, Granada 18071
Spain

Francisco Rodriguez-Fernandez

University of Granada - Department of Economic Theory and History ( email )

Granada
Spain

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