Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/121014
Authors: 
Beijnen, Christine
Bolt, Wilko
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
FIW Working Paper 13
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the existence and extent of economies of scale in the European payment processing industry. It is expected that the creation of a Single European Payments Area (SEPA) will spur consolidations and mergers among European payment processors to more fully realize payment economies of scale. We find evidence for the existence of significant economies of scale using data of eight European payment processors during the years 1990-2005. The analysis also reveals that ownership structure is an important factor to explain cost differences across European ACHs.
Subjects: 
Payment Scale Economies
SEPA
ACHs
ownership
JEL: 
E41
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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