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We estimate the direct effects of rewards card programs on consumer payment choice for in-store transactions. By using a data set that contains information on consumer perceived attributes of payment methods and consumer perceived acceptance of payment methods by merchants, we control for consumer heterogeneity in preferences and choice sets. We conduct policy experiments to examine the effects of removing rewards from credit and-or debit cards. The results suggest that: i only a small percentage of consumers would switch from electronic to paper-based payment methods, ii the effect of removing credit card rewards is greater than that of removing debit card rewards, and consequently, iii removing rewards on both credit and debit cards would reduce credit card transactions, but increase debit card transactions.

Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Original Title: Payment Card Rewards Programs and Consumer Payment Choice-

Language: English-

Keywords: Consumer Choice; Payment Methods; Rewards Programs; Interchange fees-

Subjects: M - Business Administration and Business Economics ; Marketing ; Accounting ; Personnel Economics > M3 - Marketing and Advertising > M31 - MarketingD - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D12 - Consumer Economics: Empirical AnalysisC - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C3 - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models ; Multiple Variables > C35 - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models ; Discrete Regressors ; Proportions-

Author: Ching, Andrew



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