The Global Pandemic, Laboratory of the Cashless Economy?

Jeremy Srouji*, Dominique Torre

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on payment systems and preferences around the world, reducing the use of cash in favor of digital payment instruments and accelerating the discussion around the need for a central bank digital currency. This article presents the digital payments and cashless agenda before and after the pandemic, focusing on how the changing payments landscape has influenced the priorities and decisions of regulators, banks and other financial intermediaries, with regards to the future shape of payment systems. It finds that while the pandemic demonstrated the benefits associated with building an advanced, competitive and integrated digital payments eco-system, it has also brought to the forefront more fragmentation than convergence between payment systems in different regions of the world.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109
JournalInternational Journal of Financial Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2022

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Funding Information:
The funding for this article was provided by the Development Economics research group of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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