Can Antitrust Trust Blockchain?

Algorithmic Antitrust, Springer, 2021, Forthcoming

28 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2020 Last revised: 21 Dec 2020

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Giovanna Massarotto

UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT); University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business

Date Written: June 5, 2020


Governments must anticipate today’s fast moving technologies to be effective. Blockchain potentially is the ideal tool to assist antitrust in enforcing regulation and fully exploiting its core principles—competition and consumer welfare. Blockchain offers antitrust an enormous opportunity and as any powerful tool it also has the capacity to harm as well as benefit if abused and left totally uncontrolled. Blockchain is not immune from the economic principle of trust. This chapter explores the delicate balance between regulation of and for blockchain.

Keywords: Blockchain, Antitrust, Regulation, Competition, Trust, Decentralized Ledger Technologies, Smart Contracts

JEL Classification: D4, D42, K21, L5, L12, L17, L86, O31

Suggested Citation

Massarotto, Giovanna, Can Antitrust Trust Blockchain? (June 5, 2020). Algorithmic Antitrust, Springer, 2021, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

Giovanna Massarotto (Contact Author)

UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT) ( email )

United Kingdom

University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business ( email )

5020 Main Library
Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
United States

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