Journal Article

Mobile payments: What’s in it for consumers?

Abstract: Mobile payments?those initiated on a mobile device such as a cell phone or tablet computer?have received a significant amount of attention recently but still have not been widely adopted in the United States. ; Hayashi examines the barriers that have limited the takeoff of mobile payments in the United States. The article also draws on consumer payments research to assess which attributes of mobile payments might encourage or discourage adoption by U.S. consumers. ; The article concludes that greater convenience and enhanced ability to monitor account balances are likely to encourage consumer adoption of mobile payments for in-store purchases, while initial lack of merchant acceptance may discourage adoption. The effects on consumer adoption of cost, security, and targeted marketing are less clear and will depend on which mobile payment technology is used and how it is implemented.

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Bibliographic Information

Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Part of Series: Economic Review

Publication Date: 2012

Volume: 97

Issue: Q I

Pages: 35-66