EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Cash-Management in Times of Covid-19

Alvarez Fernando () and David Argente
Additional contact information
Alvarez Fernando: University of Chicago, 1126 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL60637, USA

The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, 2022, vol. 22, issue 1, 89-129

Abstract: The incidence of COVID-19 has systematically decreased households’ use of cash as means of payment as well as the average size and frequency of cash withdrawals. We argue that the structure of Baumol–Tobin type inventory theoretical models and their extensions can be used to separate the confounding factors, such as the desired level of consumption and the choice of the fraction of consumption paid in cash, from the cash management behavior, i.e. the size and frequency of cash withdrawals. Using this insight we argue that the observed cash management is consistent with COVID-19 increasing the fixed cost of withdrawing cash. We use detailed data on ATM cash disbursements in Argentina, Chile, and the US to estimate how much the pandemic has changed the transaction cost of using cash. This estimation shows that if the intensity of the virus doubles in a county, cash transaction cost increases by approximately 2%. The results from Argentina, Chile, and the US are remarkably similar and robust to several forms of measurement error and endogeneity.

Keywords: COVID-19; cash; means of payments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E4 E5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://doi.org/10.1515/bejm-2020-0269 (text/html)
For access to full text, subscription to the journal or payment for the individual article is required.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:bpj:bejmac:v:22:y:2022:i:1:p:89-129:n:11

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bejm

DOI: 10.1515/bejm-2020-0269

Access Statistics for this article

The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics is currently edited by Arpad Abraham and Tiago Cavalcanti

More articles in The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics from De Gruyter
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Peter Golla ().

 
Page updated 2022-12-28
Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejmac:v:22:y:2022:i:1:p:89-129:n:11