The Determinants of Optimal Interchange Fees in Payment Systems

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dc.contributor.author Wright, Julian en
dc.date.accessioned 2006-11-30T20:53:32Z en
dc.date.available 2006-11-30T20:53:32Z en
dc.date.issued 2001 en
dc.identifier.citation Department of Economics Working Paper Series 220 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/176 en
dc.description.abstract A fundamental aspect of any open payment system is the interchange fee that is paid from the merchant's bank to the cardholder's bank. Using a model in which there is partial participation by heterogeneous consumers and merchants, this paper characterizes the output maximizing, profit maximizing and welfare maximizing level of such an interchange fee. It examines how the optimal level of the fee depends on costs, profits margins, pass-through coefficients, participation rates, and membership fees, as well as two different strategic effects arising from competition between merchants. It also determines the factors which drive deviations between the output maximizing, profit maximizing, and welfare maximizing interchange fees. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Department of Economics Working Paper Series (1997-2006) en
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dc.subject.other Economics en
dc.title The Determinants of Optimal Interchange Fees in Payment Systems en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: the author en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.org-id Economics en


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