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The Positive Case for a CBDC

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  • Andrew Usher
  • Edona Reshidi
  • Francisco Rivadeneyra
  • Scott Hendry

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In this paper we discuss the competition and innovation arguments for issuing a central bank digital currency (CBDC). A CBDC could be an effective competition policy tool for payments. On innovation, we argue that a CBDC could be necessary to support the vibrancy of the digital economy by helping solve market failures and fostering competition and innovation in new digital payments markets. Overall, competition and innovation are supporting arguments for issuing a CBDC.

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  • Andrew Usher & Edona Reshidi & Francisco Rivadeneyra & Scott Hendry, 2021. "The Positive Case for a CBDC," Discussion Papers 2021-11, Bank of Canada.
  • Handle: RePEc:bca:bocadp:21-11
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    1. Van Roosebeke, Bert & Defina, Ryan, 2021. "Central Bank Digital Currencies: The Motivation," MPRA Paper 111006, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Marcelo A. T. Aragão, 2021. "A Few Things You Wanted to Know about the Economics of CBDCs, but were Afraid to Model: a survey of what we can learn from who has done," Working Papers Series 554, Central Bank of Brazil, Research Department.

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    Keywords

    Digital currencies and fintech; Financial institutions; Financial stability;
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    JEL classification:

    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy

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