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Some Ambiguities Concerning the Development of Electronic Money

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  • Helmi Hamdi

    (Centre of Economic Analys University Paul Cezanne Aix-Marseille III Aix-en-Provence, France)

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The aim of this paper is to analyse the economic efficiency of electronic money and to identify different factors hindering its growth. It is argued that electronic money might eventually make paper money obsolete. Nevertheless, prospects for the development of this monetary innovation remain uncertain due to the complexity and ambiguity of electronic money products. In particular, the paper identifies network effects and habit persistence as major factors hindering the adoption and more widespread use of electronic money.

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Article provided by Institute of Public Finance in its journal Financial Theory and Practice.

Volume (Year): 31 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 293-307

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Handle: RePEc:ipf:finteo:v:31:y:2007:i:3:p:293-307

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Keywords: e-money; ICT; network externalities; habit persistence.;

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  1. Helmi Hamdi, 2011. "Can E-Payment Systems Revolutionize Finance of the Less Developed Countries? The Case of Mobile Payment Technology," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 1(2), pages 46-53, June.

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