Mapping Bitcoin's Influence on Academic Research
29 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2018
Date Written: August 15, 2017
From the time Bitcoin was first proposed by Nakamoto in 2008, its underlying technology has been under intense scrutiny. Its influence has gone beyond this initial technical interest to stimulate research in economics, finance, accounting, regulation and taxation, where it is analysed not for its technical merits but for its impact on global financial and monetary systems, and its investment and business potential – some legal, some illegal. From a comprehensive search of the literature that resulted in an original sample of 13,507 results, a final sample of 1,206 papers on Bitcoin were categorised and mapped across six disciplines, revealing Bitcoin’s multidisciplinary influence. There is every indication that this interest will continue into the future.
Keywords: bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrency, digital currency, research, literature
JEL Classification: O33
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