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This study examines if personal current accounts offering an overdraft facility costs customers’ less to use than accounts not offering this service. This analysis uses a UK data set of 222 personal current accounts, recorded monthly between 1995 and 2011 in combination with interest rates from 1,200 instant access deposit accounts offered contemporaneously by the same firms. Our results indicate personal current accounts offering overdraft facilities have higher deposit and payment service costs than accounts not offering this service; a finding robust to varying service attributes. This result is inconsistent with suggestions that overdraft users have been cross-subsidising other personal current account users as widely reported in theoretical and policy literatures. It is concluded that implicit and inertia costs of personal current account use may be more influential than previously reported in the pricing of these accounts.


  • Checking Accounts, Personal current accounts, Contingent charges, Implicit costs, Interest reate setting, Overdrafts
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
JournalInternational Journal of the Economics of Business
Issue number1
Early online date28 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

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