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Why you Should Care about Bitcoin – Even if you don´t Believe in it

Ignacio Mas

University of Oxford; Tufts University

April 10, 2014

Bitcoin is likely doomed as an alternative to national currencies, but its key engineering elements offer us the possibility of imagining a radically different approach for architecting electronic payment systems. The technologies embedded within bitcoin have the potential for supporting the development of more open, contestable and interconnected ecosystems for the delivery of payment and financial services, much like the internet did for the delivery of communication and content services. By lowering costs and encouraging innovation, the adoption of bitcoin-like protocols could radically expand access and relevance of financial services globally, especially across borders and in developing countries.

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Keywords: savings, access to finance, financial inclusion

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Date posted: February 28, 2011 ; Last revised: April 24, 2014

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Mas, Ignacio, Why you Should Care about Bitcoin – Even if you don´t Believe in it (April 10, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1769124 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1769124

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University of Oxford ( email )
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Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
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Tufts University ( email )
Medford, MA 02155
United States
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