The Microeconomics of Cryptocurrencies

67 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2020 Last revised: 18 Nov 2021

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Hanna Halaburda

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

Guillaume Haeringer

CUNY Baruch College

Joshua S. Gans

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management; NBER

Neil Gandal

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

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Date Written: July 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.

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Suggested Citation

Halaburda, Hanna and Haeringer, Guillaume and Gans, Joshua S. and Gandal, Neil, The Microeconomics of Cryptocurrencies (July 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3644078 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3644078

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