In the digital age, a cashless society seems on the horizon for many developed markets. But in developing countries, cash remains king. People in these nations must rely on inefficient postal systems, crooked local officials and expensive methods of transfer to get their wages or other disbursements. This study from World Bank researchers Leora Klapper and Dorothe Singer provides an enlightening look at how moving from cash to electronic payments can help disadvantaged populations in low-income countries. getAbstract recommends this timely report to anyone interested in reaching new consumers in emerging markets.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why cash remains the dominant form of payment in developing countries,
- How electronic payments would improve the lives of individuals in these countries and save governments money, and
- What the public and the private sectors can do to encourage digital payment systems.
About the Authors
Leora Klapper and Dorothe Singer work in the development research group at the World Bank.