Is a Cashless Society Problematic?
Ben Fung and
Scott Hendry ()
Discussion Papers from Bank of Canada
The use of bank notes in Canada for payments has declined consistently for some time, and similar trends are evident in other countries. This has led some observers to predict a cashless society in the future. This paper considers the implications of the abandonment of the use of cash in the future. More specifically, we look at a variety of ways in which the emergence of a cashless society could affect key concerns of a central bank, including seigniorage, monetary policy, payments and financial stability considerations. We find that a cashless society would not generally cause material, system-wide problems. There are a few areas, however, where concerns could emerge: the maintenance of both operational reliability and contestability in retail payments, and the provision of a safe store of value in an (extreme) financial crisis. We note policy options to address these potential concerns.
Keywords: Bank notes; Digital currencies; Financial services; Payment clearing and settlement systems (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E E4 E41 E42 E5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
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