November 22, 2017

No Platform? On the Economics of P2b Exchange

The picture that emerges from the EC surveys of consumers and business regarding platforms is not of a market in which users are routinely abused. Rather, what we observe is a market where users are broadly happy, although they agree that things could always be better. Crucially, they have ways to make their discontent heard.
June 1, 2014

Position on Expanding the Interchange Fee Regulation to Commercial Payment Cards

The measures proposed by the European Commission are not suitable for achieving a single market in card payment services. On the contrary, the measures proposed by EC would be harmful. The regulations would have the greatest negative effect on consumers, who are likely to incur relatively higher card handling fees, and to lose part of discounts or incentives.
May 1, 2014

Facts and Analysis: the Small Loans Market and Regulation in Lithuania

The small loans market (quick credit, pay-day loans) often gets a lot of criticism in the media. Its critics state that the market has too little supervision; that the industry does not properly assess the ability of customers to repay their loan; and that interest rates are artificially high.