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Payment Instruments as Perceived by Consumers - a Public Survey

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  • Nicole Jonker

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Survey results show that Dutch consumers perceive paying in cash as an inexpensive way to pay, while they regard electronic payment cards as relatively expensive. This finding partly explains the low usage of electronic payment cards in point-of-sale (POS) payments. The survey also highlights several non-price features that contribute to the unpopularity of electronic payment cards. The objective of the survey was to identify price and non-price features of payment instruments that can be used to stimulate the use of electronic payment cards. Their attractiveness can be increased, through 1) technological modifications to e-purses and debit cards that enhance their convenience, 2) by increasing the number of acceptance points and 3) by drawing public attention to the speed of e-purse payments. Making it more expensive for consumers to pay in cash could also increase the usage of electronic payment instruments.

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Paper provided by Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department in its series DNB Working Papers with number 053.

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Handle: RePEc:dnb:dnbwpp:053

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Keywords: household survey; cost efficiency; retail payments; payment instruments; nonprice features;

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