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Comparing Means of Payment: What Role for a Central Bank Digital Currency?


  • Jesse Leigh Maniff
  • Paul Wong


This paper looks at the potential benefit that a central bank digital currency (CBDC) could provide in the context of existing payment mechanisms. Central banks today provide the primary payment mechanisms for trade and commerce: cash, used by the public, and electronic payment services, used by eligible financial institutions.

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  • Jesse Leigh Maniff & Paul Wong, 2020. "Comparing Means of Payment: What Role for a Central Bank Digital Currency?," FEDS Notes 2020-08-13-2, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgfn:2020-08-13-2
    DOI: 10.17016/2380-7172.2739

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    1. Jesse Leigh Maniff, 2020. "Inclusion by Design: Crafting a Central Bank Digital Currency to Reach All Americans," Payments System Research Briefing, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, pages 1-5, December.
    2. Julian Alcazar & Terri Bradford, 2020. "In the Nick of Time: The Rise of Earned Wage Access," Payments System Research Briefing, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, pages 1-5, September.

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