Stefan W. Schmitz

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The paper questions the notion that the diffusion of electronic commerce will lead to disintermediation. Rather than interpreting intermediation as a single service it is pointed out that intermediaries can provide a number of services. The analysis based on the New Institutional Economics, Market Microstructure Theory, and Information Economics shows that(More)
This paper questions the widely held view that B2C eCommerce markets are characterised by a high intensity of competition, using a mixture of theoretical arguments and empirical evidence. We discuss two hypothesis and survey empirical studies which test them. We argue that the goods sold in B2C eCommerce have to be interpreted as heterogeneous " composite(More)
The OeNB's biannual Financial Stability Report provides regular analyses of Austrian and international developments with an impact on financial stability. In addition, it includes studies offering in-depth insights into specific topics related to financial stability. May be reproduced for noncommercial and educational purposes with appropriate credit.
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In this paper an improved method for designing electric propulsion systems consisting of e-machine and inverter, based on a co-simulation, is presented. As the mandated emission limits of vehicles are expected to become stricter, advanced design methods are necessary to calculate accurate losses of machine and inverter. The approach contains the influence(More)
A number of commentators have argued that technological innovation is about to change the institutional structure of the retail payments system. Through the potential private issue of currency via new electronic payments systems – electronic money – individuals will create currencies based on units of account different from the dominant unit of account in(More)
The OeNB's biannual Financial Stability Report provides regular analyses of Austrian and international developments with an impact on financial stability. In addition, it includes studies offering in-depth insights into specific topics related to financial stability. May be reproduced for noncommercial and educational purposes with appropriate credit.