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Die Großen Zwei - Wettbewerb im Kreditkartenmarkt?

This article analyzes the market for credit cards. I begin with a discussion of the organization and the characteristics of the market. Next I present the antitrust cases in the USA and the European Union. Contributions to the literature on credit cards in respect to the market characteristics and the antitrust cases are discussed. Finally I compare prices of credit card use with close substitutes (debit cards). I analyze whether costs influence prices of the service. My empirical evidence suggests that prices are not determined by costs and thus inefficiencies must exist given the current market structure.Evidence on special agreements supports the hypothesis that market power is an important factor for price determination.

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Paper provided by University of Vienna, Department of Economics in its series Vienna Economics Papers with number 0201.

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Date of creation: Jan 2002
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Handle: RePEc:vie:viennp:0201
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  1. Ausubel, Lawrence M, 1991. "The Failure of Competition in the Credit Card Market," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 81(1), pages 50-81, March.
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