Regulatory Ambiguity in the Market for Bitcoin
28 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2019 Last revised: 9 Aug 2019
Date Written: March 14, 2019
The standard economic approach to considering the effects of a policy tends to neglect the prospect of regulatory ambiguity. I describe four sources of regulatory ambiguity and survey the literature considering the effects of ambiguity on entrepreneurial activity. I also explain how jurisdictional redundancy, where multiple agencies regulate the same action or industry, increases the likelihood of regulatory ambiguity. I offer a brief description of the regulatory environment of bitcoin in the United States in order to provide specific examples of the sources of regulatory ambiguity identified herein.
Keywords: ambiguity, bitcoin, cryptocurrency, regulation, political economy
JEL Classification: E40, E42, E58, G2, H1, K2, K4
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