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Resisting electronic payment systems: burning down the house?

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  • Ben R. Craig

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This commentary explains the phenomena of path dependence, hysteresis, and network economies using lively historical and contemporary examples. The author shows how the path dependence and network economies can interact to produce a variety of undesirable ends-inefficient payment systems, the adoption of inferior technology, or disasters like the 1834 fire that destroyed the British House of Lords.

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  • Ben R. Craig, 1999. "Resisting electronic payment systems: burning down the house?," Economic Commentary, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, issue Jul.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcec:y:1999:i:jul
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    1. Karen Furst & William Lang & Daniel Nolle, 2002. "Internet Banking," Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer;Western Finance Association, vol. 22(1), pages 95-117, August.

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