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Diffusion and use of financial telecommunication: An empirical analysis of SWIFT adoption

Authors: Zachariadis, Markos
Keywords: Financial telecommunication, diffusion, network effects, ICT adoption, usage intensity, SWIFT
Issue Date: 20-Dec-2011
Series/Report no.: NET Institute Working Papers;11_10
Abstract: The purpose of the current work is to investigate how country-level and regionspecific characteristics influence the adoption of a major financial telecommunication innovation and standard (SWIFT) in the banking sector. Using annual data on the diffusion and usage intensity of SWIFT between more than 100 countries, this study finds that, along other characteristics, economies with higher GPDs and closer to the innovation source have on average a faster adoption rate than smaller, distant economies, all else equal. The analysis also shows that even though financial institutions differ considerably, network effects persist and dominate firm heterogeneity. The results are overall consistent with other findings using similar estimation techniques, and provide a stronger test by focusing on one specific innovation in the financial services industry rather then aggregate IT measures.
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