Transforming Payment Systems in Europe

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-02-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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The European payment market has undergone rapid transformation in recent years due to changes in payment habits, new business rules and new legal frameworks and regulation. There has also been an advent of new technologies and payment solutions which has altered the European payments landscape drastically.

This book provides an overview of the fundamental issues involved in this new payments landscape. The authors discuss fundamental problems such as substitution between cash and non-cash payment instruments, payment costs, the economics of fees, and the demand for cash and deposit money. They also analyse issues such as two-sided markets, business platforms and the problem of critical mass.

Other chapters focus on new phenomena in payments such as mobile payments, multi-sided platforms, electronic wallets, virtual currencies, decentralised ledgers, private digital currencies, blockchain and instant payments. The authors also review existing regulation for the topic including the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), Interchange Fee Regulation (IF/MIF Reg), and the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) project.

Transforming Payment Systems in Europe offers insight into changing payment culture and the ways in which new payment systems can create a single digital market to foster further integration in Europe.

Author Biography

Jakub Górka holds a PhD in economics and is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw, Poland. He is a member of the Payment Systems Market Expert Group (PSMEG) helping the European Commission to prepare legislation and policy initiatives for payment issues. He is the author of two previous books and numerous research papers, reports and articles. He has provided expert advice for the National Bank of Poland, the Polish Ministry of Finance and for private non-profit and commercial companies within the payments industry. He has been distinguished with several awards, including an award from the Polish Prime Minister.

Table of Contents

1. A Market for Payments: Payment Choice in the 21st Century Digital Economy: Jürgen Bott and Udo Milkau
2. Europe: The Shift from Cash to Non-Cash Transactions in Europe: Janina Harasim
3. Could 'Nudges' Steer Us Towards a Less-Cash Society? : Leo Van Hove
4. Cash Holdings in Germany and the Demand for "German" Banknotes: What Role is there for Cashless Payments? : Franz Seitz and Nikolaus Bartzsch
5. Regulating Interchange Fees for Card Payments: Nicole Jonker
6. IBANs or IPANs? Creating a Level Playing Field between Bank and Non-Bank Payment Service Providers: Jakub Górka
7. Mobile Payments: The Second Wave: Malte Krüger
8. Decentralised Blockchained and Centralised Real-Time Payment Ledgers: Development Trends and Basic Requirements: Harry Leinonen

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