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Consumer cash usage: A cross-country comparison with payment diary survey data

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  • Bagnall, John
  • Bounie, David
  • Huynh, Kim P.
  • Kosse, Anneke
  • Schmidt, Tobias
  • Schuh, Scott
  • Stix, Helmut

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We measure consumers' use of cash by harmonizing payment diary surveys from seven countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States (conducted 2009 through 2012). Our paper finds important cross-country differences, for example, the level of cash usage differs across countries. Cash has not disappeared as a payment instrument, especially for low-value transactions. We also find that the use of cash is strongly correlated with transaction size, demographics, and point-of-sale characteristics, such as merchant card acceptance and venue.

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  • Bagnall, John & Bounie, David & Huynh, Kim P. & Kosse, Anneke & Schmidt, Tobias & Schuh, Scott & Stix, Helmut, 2014. "Consumer cash usage: A cross-country comparison with payment diary survey data," Discussion Papers 13/2014, Deutsche Bundesbank.
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    money demand; payment systems; harmonization; payment diaries; crosscountry comparison;

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    • E41 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Demand for Money
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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