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Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Payments System Research Working Paper
Internet banking: an exploration in technology diffusion and impact
Richard J. Sullivan
Zhu Wang
Abstract

This paper studies endogenous diffusion and impact of a cost-saving technological innovation -- Internet Banking. When the innovation is initially introduced, large banks have an advantage to adopt it first and enjoy further growth of size. Over time, as the innovation diffuses into smaller banks, the aggregate bank size distribution increases stochastically towards a new steady state. Applying the theory to a panel study of Internet Banking diffusion across 50 US states, we examine the technological, economic and institutional factors governing the process. The empirical findings allow us to disentangle the interrelationship between Internet Banking adoption and growth of average bank size, and explain the variation of diffusion rates across geographic regions.


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Richard J. Sullivan & Zhu Wang, Internet banking: an exploration in technology diffusion and impact, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Payments System Research Working Paper PSR WP 05-05, 2005.
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Keywords: Internet ; Internet banking ; Technology
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