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Is Bitcoin the Only Cryptocurrency in the Town? Economics of Cryptocurrency and Friedrich A.Hayek

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  • Iwamura, Mitsuru
  • Kitamura, Yukinobu
  • Matsumoto, Tsutomu

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This paper overviews the entire landscape of Bitcoin-like cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin has not emerged out of cryptocurrency competition, but rather became a dominant currency as the first broad market based cryptocurrency. But there are more than a hundred of cryptocurrencies in the market, and some are catching up to Bitcoin. This is a healthy sign of currency competition á la Hayek. Through this competition new technological and security innovations may emerge. In this paper, we point out potential problems with Bitcoin and propose some ideas for an alternative cryptocurrency.

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  • Iwamura, Mitsuru & Kitamura, Yukinobu & Matsumoto, Tsutomu, 2014. "Is Bitcoin the Only Cryptocurrency in the Town? Economics of Cryptocurrency and Friedrich A.Hayek," Discussion Paper Series 602, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
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    1. Gareth W Peters & Ariane Chapelle & Efstathios Panayi, 2016. "Opening discussion on banking sector risk exposures and vulnerabilities from Virtual currencies: An Operational Risk perspective," Journal of Banking Regulation, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 17(4), pages 239-272, November.
    2. Abeer ElBahrawy & Laura Alessandretti & Anne Kandler & Romualdo Pastor-Satorras & Andrea Baronchelli, 2017. "Evolutionary dynamics of the cryptocurrency market," Papers 1705.05334, arXiv.org, revised Nov 2017.
    3. Gareth W. Peters & Ariane Chapelle & Efstathios Panayi, 2014. "Opening discussion on banking sector risk exposures and vulnerabilities from virtual currencies: An operational risk perspective," Papers 1409.1451, arXiv.org.

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    Keywords

    Bitcoin; Cryptocurrency; Friedrich A. Hayek;

    JEL classification:

    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers

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