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Investing Trust in Blockchain Technology: Bitcoin Case Study

Georgiana-Loredana Schipor (Frecea) ()
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Georgiana-Loredana Schipor (Frecea): “Ovidius†University of Constanta

Ovidius University Annals, Economic Sciences Series, 2019, vol. XIX, issue 2, 884-888

Abstract: The present paper explores the current development of cryptocurrencies, emphasizing the concept of trust related to the blockchain technology and the digital currency market. The study offers a fundamental review of relevant research papers on Bitcoin, examining the main issues of trust among five categories of stakeholders: Governments, users, miners, exchanges and merchants. The results highlight the trust challenges on Bitcoin, reveling a unique perspective of risks on the cryptocurrency market, contagion effects, decentralisation systems or cryptocurrency regulation. The blockchain features are explained in order to better understand the Bitcoin mechanism, presenting the advantages of using such technology, concluding that Bitcoin is a product of the mistrust in financial institutions and an attempt to use alternative payment systems in a more secure way.

Keywords: blockchain; cryptocurrency; Bitcoin; trust (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G11 G15 E42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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