Innovation in electronic paymentsAdvances and lags in the spread of information and communications technology

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by Guido Mario Rey, Pasquale Ferro, Luigi Cannari, Paola Giucca, Paola Masi, Luca Ferrara and Luca Arciero

This paper provides an overview of the demand for new technology in the principal sectors of the Italian economy (households, firms and government).

The surveys show that despite the considerable growth of recent years the use of the Internet and of ICT for e-commerce and e-payments remains limited because of perceptions of a large set of obstacles and risks. Some possible actions to overcome these obstacles are set out.

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