Regulatory Ambiguity in the Market for Bitcoin
26 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2019
Date Written: March 14, 2019
Economists are fond of employing simple models for policy analysis. However, these models tend to neglect the prospect of regulatory ambiguity. I consider the effects of regulatory ambiguity on entrepreneurial activity. I explain how jurisdictional redundancy exacerbates regulatory ambiguity, increasing the costs of compliance, the probability of regulation, and the potential for political opportunism. To illustrate, I provide a brief description of the regulatory environment of bitcoin in the United States.
Keywords: ambiguity, bitcoin, cryptocurrency, currency, regulation, political economy
JEL Classification: E40, E42, E58, G2, H1, K2, K4
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