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BITCOIN 1, BITCOIN 2,....: AN EXPERIMENT IN PRIVATELY ISSUED OUTSIDE MONIES

Rodney Garratt () and Neil Wallace

Economic Inquiry, 2018, vol. 56, issue 3, 1887-1897

Abstract: The value of bitcoin depends upon self‐fulfilling beliefs that are hard to pin down. We demonstrate this for the case where bitcoin is the only form of money in the economy and then generalize the message to the case of multiple bitcoin clones and/or a competing fiat currency. Some aspects of the indeterminacy we describe would no longer hold if bitcoin were an interest‐bearing object. (JEL D50, E42)

Date: 2018
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