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Adoption Costs of Financial Innovation: Evidence from Italian ATM Cards

Kim Huynh (), Philipp Schmidt-Dengler, Gregor Smith and Angelika Welte ()

Staff Working Papers from Bank of Canada

Abstract: The discrete choice to adopt a financial innovation affects a household’s exposure to inflation and transactions costs. We model this adoption decision as being subject to an unobserved cost. Estimating the cost requires a dynamic structural model, to which we apply a conditional choice simulation estimator. A novel feature of our method is that preference parameters are estimated separately, from the Euler equations of a shopping-time model, to aid statistical efficiency. We apply this method to study ATM card adoption in the Bank of Italy’s Survey of Household Income and Wealth. There, the implicit adoption cost is too large to be consistent with standard models of rational choice, even when sorted by age, cohort, education or region.

Keywords: Bank notes; Econometric and statistical methods; Financial services (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E41 D14 C35 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dcm, nep-ecm, nep-ino, nep-mac and nep-pay
Date: 2017
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