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Do Prices Reflect Costs? A study of the price- and cost structure of retail payment services in the Swedish banking sector 2002

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  • Guibourg, Gabriela

    () (Financial Stability Department, Central Bank of Sweden)

  • Segendorf, Björn

    () (Financial Stability Department, Central Bank of Sweden)

Abstract

We estimate private costs in the Swedish banking sector for the production of payment services and investigate to what extent the price structure reflects the estimated cost structure. We find that (i) banks tend to use two-part tariffs but (ii) variable costs are poorly reflected in transaction fees towards both consumers and corporate customers. (iii) there exist large cross subsidies between different payment services, foremost from acquiring card payments to cash distribution to the public, while payment services as a whole is not subsidized.

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  • Guibourg, Gabriela & Segendorf, Björn, 2004. "Do Prices Reflect Costs? A study of the price- and cost structure of retail payment services in the Swedish banking sector 2002," Working Paper Series 172, Sveriges Riksbank (Central Bank of Sweden).
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    1. Jean-Charles Rochet & Jean Tirole, 2014. "Platform Competition in Two-Sided Markets," CPI Journal, Competition Policy International, vol. 10.
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    Keywords

    retail payments; two-part tariffs; private costs; price structure; economies of scale;

    JEL classification:

    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
    • L89 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Other

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