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Paying with plastic : the digital revolution in buying and borrowing

Author: David S Evans; Richard Schmalensee
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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The definitive account of the trillion-dollar payment card industry.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David S Evans; Richard Schmalensee
ISBN: 026255058X 9780262550581 0262050773 9780262050777
OCLC Number: 55846242
Description: xiii, 367 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Plastic cards --
The star --
The main characters --
Other members of the cast --
Behind the stage --
The foreign cast --
The thirteen acts --
From seashells to electrons --
The evolution of money --
Buy now, pay later --
More than money --
Dining on the cuff --
1958 --
The birth of co-opetition --
Regulation and stagflation --
The 1980s' spending and debt spree --
The 1990s and the rise of the debit card --
The golden anniversary and beyond --
From gourmets to the masses --
The growth and diffusion of payment cards among U.S. households --
Using payment cards to execute transactions --
Credit card lending : joys, sorrows, and controversies --
Credit cards and entrepreneurship --
Room for growth --
From Sardi's to Saks.com --
Getting to be everywhere you want to be --
Getting cheaper and better --
Not everywhere yet --
Paying for plastic --
It takes two to tango --
Multisided platform economics 101 --
Business models in multisided platform markets --
Multisided platforms and price setting in payment cards --
Co-opetition and the payment card ecosystem --
The co-opetitives --
Cooperation, the tragedy of the commons, and the role of rules --
The co-opetitives, the go-it-alones, and payment card ecosystems --
System wars --
Weapons of war --
And they don't take American Express --
Master the possibilities --
The card that is just like a check --
Issuer brawls --
Who are the players? --
Product variety and market segmentation --
Competitive strategies --
Market structure --
Market performance --
Debit issuance --
Backroom battles --
The evolution of the payment processing business --
Who's who in the back room --
Market structure and performance --
The antitrust wars --
Harm to competitors or harm to consumers? --
Who's in, who's out? --
Who pays for plastic? --
Square pegs and round holes --
On the brink --
Technologies from the exotic to the merely smart --
E-commerce, e-payments, and m-commerce --
Shaking up the marketplace --
And they don't take cash.
Responsibility: David S. Evans and Richard Schmalensee.

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Well-written and clearly presented.-Tudor Marshall, The Business Economist An excellent treatment of the payment card industry's evolving structure and conduct.-Daniel Pope, Enterprise & Society * Read more...

 
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