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Columbia Law School

2001

Banking and Finance Law

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Information Technology And Non-Legal Sanctions In Financing Transactions, Ronald J. Mann Jan 2001

Information Technology And Non-Legal Sanctions In Financing Transactions, Ronald J. Mann

Faculty Scholarship

This Essay investigates the effect of advances in information technology on the private institutions that businesses use to resolve information asymmetries in financing transactions. The first part of the Essay discusses how information technology can permit direct verification of the information, obviating the problem entirely; the Essay discusses the example of the substitution of the debit card for the check, which provides an immediate payment that obviates the need for the merchant to consider whether payment will be forthcoming when the check is presented to the bank on which it is drawn.

The second part of the Essay discusses how ...


Credit Cards And Debit Cards In The United States And Japan, Ronald J. Mann Jan 2001

Credit Cards And Debit Cards In The United States And Japan, Ronald J. Mann

Faculty Scholarship

This article is an exploration in the tradition of new institutional economics of the possibility that institutional conditions have a significant role in determining the success of credit cards and debit cards. The article examines differences in credit-card and debit-card usage between the United States and Japan. Although I do not doubt that social and psychological factors have some significance, I contend that three institutional factors also have useful explanatory power: the freedom of banks to enter the industry; low telecommunication costs, and the size of the market.

The article provides a detailed description of card usage in the two ...