- M.A. Carleton (2014)
- PhD University of Ottawa (2009)
- Diplom-Mathematikerin TU Darmstadt (2004)
Angelika holds a PhD in Mathematics and a MA in Economics. In her work, she uses empirical microeconomics to understand why and how consumers and firms choose payment methods. Angelika’s work provides insights in the merchant acquiring industry in Canada. Merchant acquirers have a central role in card payment system as they connect card accepting businesses to the payment networks, authorize and process card transactions and may also provide point-of-sale equipment to merchants. The goal of this project is to better understand the structure of the acquiring market and how it relates to payment efficiency.
Staff analytical notes
Merchant Acceptance of Cash and Credit Cards at the Point of SaleRecent data show that the use of credit cards in Canada has been increasing, while the use of cash has been declining. At the same time, only two-thirds of small or medium-sized businesses accept credit cards.
Staff discussion papers
The 2021–22 Merchant Acceptance Survey Pilot StudyThe rise in digital payment innovations has spurred a discussion about the future of cash at the point of sale. The Bank conducted the 2021–22 Merchant Acceptance Survey Pilot Study to study trends in merchant cash acceptance and monitor conditions for the potential issuance of a central bank digital currency.
The Market for Acquiring Card Payments from Small and Medium-Sized Canadian MerchantsThis note uses industry data and a unique dataset of small and medium-sized merchants to provide insights into the acquirer-merchant market in Canada.
2017 Methods-of-Payment Survey ReportCash use is declining while contactless and mobile payments are on the rise.
The Costs of Point-of-Sale Payments in CanadaUsing data from our 2014 cost-of-payments survey, we calculate resource costs for cash, debit cards and credit cards. For each payment method, we examine the total cost incurred by consumers, retailers, financial institutions and infrastructures, the Royal Canadian Mint and the Bank of Canada.
The Bank of Canada’s 2009 Methods-of-Payment Survey: Methodology and Key ResultsThe authors present the methodology and main findings of the Bank of Canada’s 2009 Methods-of-Payment survey, a detailed investigation of consumer payment behaviour in Canada. The survey targeted the 18- to 75-year-old Canadian resident population.
Staff working papers
Payment Habits During COVID-19: Evidence from High-Frequency Transaction DataWe examine how consumers have adjusted their payment habits during the COVID-19 pandemic. They seem to perform fewer transactions, spend more in each transaction, use less cash at the point of sale and withdraw cash from ATMs linked to their financial institution more often than from other ATMs.
Distributional Effects of Payment Card Pricing and Merchant Cost Pass-through in Canada and the United StatesAlthough credit cards are more expensive for merchants to accept than cash or debit cards, merchants typically pass through their costs evenly to all customers. Along with consumer card rewards and banking fees, this creates cross-subsidies between payment methods. Because higher-income individuals tend to use credit cards more than those with lower incomes, our results indicate that these cross-subsidies might lead to regressive distributional effects.
Adoption Costs of Financial Innovation: Evidence from Italian ATM CardsThe discrete choice to adopt a financial innovation affects a household’s exposure to inflation and transactions costs. We model this adoption decision as being subject to an unobserved cost.
Wait a Minute: The Efficacy of Discounting versus Non-Pecuniary Payment SteeringMerchants who accept credit cards face payment processing fees. In most countries, the no-surcharge rule prohibits them from using surcharges to pass these fees on to customers.
Why Do Shoppers Use Cash? Evidence from Shopping Diary DataRecent studies find that cash remains a dominant payment choice for small-value transactions despite the prevalence of alternative means of payment such as debit and credit cards. For policy makers an important question is whether consumers truly prefer using cash or merchants restrict card usage.
The Bank of Canada 2015 Retailer Survey on the Cost of Payment Methods: SamplingIn 2015, the Bank of Canada undertook the large-scale Retailer Survey on the Cost of Payment Methods.
- “Wait a Minute: The Efficacy of Discounting versus Non-Pecuniary Payment Steering”,
Journal of Financial Market Infrastructures, June 2016.
- “Why Do Shoppers Use Cash? Evidence from Shopping Diary Data”,
(with Naoki Wakamori), Journal of Money, Credit and Banking (Forthcoming)