Crypto Public Choice

31 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2018

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Alastair Berg

RMIT University

Chris Berg

RMIT University

Mikayla Novak

Australian National University (ANU) - College of Arts and Social Sciences

Date Written: August 30, 2018

Abstract

This paper presents ‘crypto public choice’ which examines the economics of collective decision making in the functioning of blockchain protocols and among related communities of users. We introduce the blockchain community to public choice theory and show how it can be applied to the study of this technology. Public choice offers an extensive literature that can be applied to blockchain design, can interpret the actions of different types of blockchain users, and can explain governance problems and challenges in each of the blockchain protocols. Blockchains are institutional technologies which provide new ways in which to produce public goods including consensus over shared facts and the security of property rights. Collective decision making by users of blockchain protocols relates to consensus over the contents of a shared ledger, as well as the initial design and subsequent upgrading of these protocols.

Keywords: Public choice, blockchain, cryptocurrency, constitutional design, consensus mechanisms, collective action

JEL Classification: D23, D70, D72, D73, H40, O30, P16

Suggested Citation

Berg, Alastair and Berg, Chris and Novak, Mikayla, Crypto Public Choice (August 30, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3236025 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3236025

Alastair Berg (Contact Author)

RMIT University ( email )

124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

Chris Berg

RMIT University ( email )

124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

Mikayla Novak

Australian National University (ANU) - College of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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