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Payment Card Systems in Europe: Convergence or Disappearance?


  • Marianne VERDIER

    (Telecom ParisTech, Paris)


This article provides a descriptive overview of the payment card industry in Europe and compares the various forms of organization of payment card systems in European countries. This synthesis helps to understand the paradoxes and the challenges entailed in the creation of the Single Euro Payments Area.

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  • Marianne VERDIER, 2008. "Payment Card Systems in Europe: Convergence or Disappearance?," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(69), pages 127-150, 1st quart.
  • Handle: RePEc:idt:journl:cs6906

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    1. Leo Van Hove, 2004. "Cost-based Pricing of Payment Instruments: the State of the Debate," De Economist, Springer, vol. 152(1), pages 79-100, March.
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    Cited by:

    1. Łukasz Goczek & Bartosz Witkowski, 2015. "Determinants of the number of card transactions," Collegium of Economic Analysis Annals, Warsaw School of Economics, Collegium of Economic Analysis, issue 39, pages 199-212.
    2. Łukasz Goczek & Bartosz Witkowski, 2015. "Determinants of non-cash payments," NBP Working Papers 196, Narodowy Bank Polski, Economic Research Department.
    3. Łukasz Goczek & Bartosz Witkowski, 2015. "Card Payments in Poland: Determinants and Prospects," Gospodarka Narodowa, Warsaw School of Economics, issue 3, pages 159-177.

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    SEPA; payment cards; payment systems; banks; payment instruments.;

    JEL classification:

    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • N10 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages


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