Smart Contracts and Blockchains: Steroid for Collusion?

7 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2018 Last revised: 22 Sep 2018

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Ai Deng

NERA Economic Consulting; Johns Hopkins University

Date Written: September 11, 2018


What is a smart contract? What is a blockchain? After an intuitive introduction to these technologies, I discuss the implications smart contracts and the blockchain technology have on collusion.

Keywords: smart contract, blockchain, collusion, antitrust

Suggested Citation

Deng, Ai, Smart Contracts and Blockchains: Steroid for Collusion? (September 11, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Ai Deng (Contact Author)

NERA Economic Consulting ( email )

1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20037
United States

Johns Hopkins University ( email )

1717 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC DC 20036
United States

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