Consumer Payment Choice: Merchant Card Acceptance Versus Pricing Incentives

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  • Journal of Banking & Finance


  • Using transaction-level data from a three-day shopping diary, we estimate a model of consumer payment instrument choice that disentangles the effect of merchant card acceptance from credit card pricing incentives (rewards) at the point-of-sale. The lack of merchant card acceptance plays a large role in the use of cash, especially for low-value transactions (less than 25dollars). Participation in a credit card rewards program induces a shift toward credit card usage at the expense of both debit cards and cash. In contrast, changes in the amount of rewards (ad valorem) has a small or inelastic effect on the probabiliTY of paying with credit cards. Our findings highlight the importance of the two-sided nature of retail payment systems and provide key insights into consumer and merchant behaviour.

fecha de publicación

  • 2015

Líneas de investigación

  • Cash
  • Debit and Credit Cards
  • Retail Payment Systems
  • Reward Programs

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