The Microeconomics of Cryptocurrencies

66 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2018 Last revised: 30 Jun 2020

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Hanna Halaburda

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Guillaume Haeringer

City University of New York, Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business - Department of Economics and Finance

Joshua Gans

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Neil Gandal

Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: June 29, 2020

Abstract

Since its launch in 2009 much has been written about Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies
and blockchains. While the discussions initially took place mostly on blogs and other
popular media, we now are witnessing the emergence of a growing body of rigorous
academic research on these topics. By the nature of the phenomenon analyzed, this research
spans many academic disciplines including macroeconomics, law and economics
and computer science. This survey focuses on the microeconomics of cryptocurrencies
themselves. What drives their supply, demand, trading price and competition amongst
them. This literature has been emerging over the past decade and the purpose of this
paper is to summarize its main findings so as to establish a base upon which future
research can be conducted.

Keywords: Bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrencies

JEL Classification: A1, D4, L0, O3, Y2

Suggested Citation

Halaburda, Hanna and Haeringer, Guillaume and Gans, Joshua and Gandal, Neil, The Microeconomics of Cryptocurrencies (June 29, 2020). NYU Stern School of Business; Baruch College Zicklin School of Business Research Paper No. 2018-10-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3274331 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3274331

Hanna Halaburda (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )

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Guillaume Haeringer

City University of New York, Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business - Department of Economics and Finance

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Joshua Gans

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

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Neil Gandal

Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University ( email )

Tel Aviv University
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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