Consumer Payments Research Center

2014 Survey of Consumer Payment Choice summary results now available

Reflects diversity and influence of new payment innovations, and persistent reliance on cash

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How do tenants pay rent?

Check, cash, money orders dominate while electronic payments lag

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The Consumer Payments Research Center conducts survey, econometric and theoretical research on consumer payments in order to contribute to public policy that maximizes the welfare of all members of the economy. The Center fills a knowledge gap on the demand-side of money and payments, by focusing on consumer payment preferences and behavior.

The Consumer Payments Research Center studies the demand for money and payments to help the Federal Reserve forecast, plan, and implement efficient supply and pricing of payment services; evaluates consumers' preferences and financial literacy to help the Federal Reserve and Congress protect and support consumer payment choices; and supports industry efforts to develop new or improved payment instruments that satisfy consumer preferences.

Economists and survey researchers at the Center are interested in working with scholars who study the demand for money and payments, assess consumer protection and financial literacy, study payment markets and examine consumer behavior.

  • Data Sharing. Free data download for researchers and analysts.
  • Visiting Scholars. Short- and long-term appointments.
  • Joint Research. Proposals welcome, travel to Boston not required.

Learn more about opportunities for scholars.

Consumer Payments Research Center Presentations | 2016

by Scott Schuh

Survey of Consumer Payment Choice

Economists

Scott Schuh
Director and Economist
Joanna Stavins
Senior Economist and Policy Advisor

Contributors

Andrew Bruckner
Administrative Services Analyst
Allison Cole
Research Assistant
Kevin Foster
Survey Methodologist
Claire Greene
Payments Analyst
Jason Premo
Research Assistant
Giri Subramaniam
Graduate Research Assistant
Emily Wu
Graduate Research Assistant

Visiting Scholars & Fellows

Scott Baker
Scott Baker
Northwestern University (Visiting Scholar 2014)
Andrew Caplin
Andrew Caplin
New York University (Visiting Scholar 2007-2009)
Stacy Carlson
Stacy Carlson
MIT (Visiting Graduate Fellow 2014)
Richard Curtin
Richard Curtin
University of Michigan (Visiting Scholar 2008)
Scott Fulford
Scott Fulford
Boston College (Visiting Scholar 2013-present)
Marc Fusaro
Marc Fusaro
East Carolina University (Visiting Scholar 2007-2008)
Andrew Hertzberg
Andrew Hertzberg
Columbia University (Visiting Scholar 2014)
Vikram Jambulapati
Vikram Jambulapati
MIT (Visiting Graduate Fellow 2015-present)
Charles Kahn
Charles Kahn
Columbia University (Visiting Scholar 2015)
Theresa Kuchler
Theresa Kuchler
New York University (Visiting Scholar 2014)
Hoai-Luu Nguyen
Hoai-Luu Nguyen
MIT (Visiting Graduate Fellow 2013)
Ariel Pakes
Ariel Pakes
Harvard University (Visting Scholar 2014)
Mark Rysman
Mark Rysman
Boston University (Visiting Scholar 2009 - Present)
Robert Townsend
Robert Townsend
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Visiting Scholar 2013 - present)
Randall Wright
Randall Wright
University of Wisconsin (Visiting Scholar 2014)
José Manuel Liñares-Zegarra
José Manuel Liñares-Zegarra
University of Essex (Visiting Scholar 2015)
Jonathan Zinman
Jonathan Zinman
Dartmouth College (2008)

Leadership

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