Blockchain Characteristics and the Cross-Section of Cryptocurrency Returns

52 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2019 Last revised: 29 Nov 2021

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Siddharth Bhambhwani

HKUST Business School; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Stefanos Delikouras

University of Miami - Department of Finance

George M. Korniotis

University of Miami; Miami Business School; University of Miami - Behavioral Decision Making Cluster

Date Written: November 25, 2021

Abstract

We examine whether blockchain characteristics such as network size and computing power affect cryptocurrency prices and returns. Consistent with theoretical models, cryptocurrency prices are cointegrated with these two blockchain characteristics. Further, a stochastic discount factor with aggregate network and computing power explains the cross-sectional variation in expected cryptocurrency returns at least as well as models with cryptocurrency return-based factors (market, size, momentum). Overall, our results show that theoretically motivated factors are important sources of risk for cryptocurrency prices and expected returns.

Keywords: Hashrate, Network, Factor Analysis, GMM, Rolling Estimation

JEL Classification: E4, G12, G15

Suggested Citation

Bhambhwani, Siddharth and Delikouras, Stefanos and Korniotis, George M., Blockchain Characteristics and the Cross-Section of Cryptocurrency Returns (November 25, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3342842 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3342842

Siddharth Bhambhwani

HKUST Business School ( email )

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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology ( email )

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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Stefanos Delikouras

University of Miami - Department of Finance ( email )

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United States

George M. Korniotis (Contact Author)

University of Miami ( email )

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Miami Business School ( email )

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