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Strategic online banking adoption

  • Hernández-Murillo, Rubén
  • Llobet, Gerard
  • Fuentes, Roberto

In this paper we study the determinants of banks' decisions to adopt a transactional website for their customers. Using a panel of commercial banks in the United States for the period 2003-2006, we show that although bank-specific characteristics are important determinants of banks' adoption decisions, competition also plays a prominent role. The extent of competition is related to the geographic overlap of banks in different markets and their relative market share in terms of deposits. In particular, banks adopt online banking services earlier in markets where their competitors have already adopted this technology. This paper is one of the first to construct local banking markets using the geographic market definitions delimited by the CASSIDI® Database compiled at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

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Volume (Year): 34 (2010)
Issue (Month): 7 (July)
Pages: 1650-1663

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