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Update Newsletter: Fall 2004

Payment Cards Center Announces New Resources Available on Its Website

Consumer Payments Online Bibliography

The Payment Cards Center's Consumer Payments Online Bibliography is the result of recent searches conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Payment Cards Center, Research Department, and Research Library on consumer payments. Its purpose is to provide researchers and interested parties with a searchable bibliography of academic articles, books, reports, and publications related to consumer payments. The bibliography can be searched by category, publication type, author's last name, or a combination of the three. The bibliography is accessible on the Payment Cards Center's website at

Data Dictionary

The Payment Cards Center Data Dictionary provides information on relevant industry statistics to researchers and others interested in the payment card industry. Gathering payment card industry data can be difficult because there are often multiple sources for seemingly similar statistics. Definitions and calculations of statistics are also difficult to find and interpret. To address these problems, PCC staff developed this dictionary of industry statistics and, where necessary, worked with analysts at source institutions to confirm definitions and calculations.

The dictionary is a work in progress, and additional statistical categories will be added over time. Terms in the following categories are described in the dictionary: credit cards, debit cards, ATMs, and consumer credit, and they are indexed as shown below. The Data Dictionary is available on the Payment Cards Center website at