Working Paper

Faster payments in the United States: how can private sector systems achieve public policy goals?

Abstract: Consumers and businesses are increasingly expecting faster payments. While many countries have already developed or are in process of developing faster payments, the availability of these payments is fragmented in the United States. The recently released paper by the Federal Reserve encourages private sector participants to provide faster payment services. However, private-sector faster payments systems will face significant challenges in achieving public policy goals of ubiquity, safety, and efficiency unless system governance represents broad public interests. One way to better align private-sector interests with those of the public is for the Federal Reserve to influence governance of the private-sector systems through its leadership role.

Keywords: Faster payments; Federal Reserve and payments; System governance;

JEL Classification: L5; L88; M14;

Access Documents

File(s): File format is application/pdf
Description: Full-text


Bibliographic Information

Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Part of Series: Research Working Paper

Publication Date: 2015-06-01

Number: RWP 15-3