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Distrust or speculation? the socioeconomic drivers of U.S. cryptocurrency investments

Raphael Auer and David Tercero-Lucas

No 951, BIS Working Papers from Bank for International Settlements

Abstract: Employing representative data from the U.S. Survey of Consumer Payment Choice, we disprove the hypothesis that cryptocurrency investors are motivatedby distrust in fiat currencies or regulated finance. Compared with the general population, investors show no differences in their level of security concerns with either cash or commercial banking services. We find that cryptocurrency investors tend to be educated, young and digital natives. In recent years, a gap in ownership of cryptocurrencies across genders has emerged. We examine how investor characteristics vary across cryptocurrencies and show that owners of cryptocurrencies increasingly tend to hold their investment for longer periods.

Keywords: digital currencies; cryptocurrencies; distributed ledger technology; blockchain; payments; digitalisation; banking; household finance; money; bitcoin; ether; xrp; bitcoin cash; litecoin; stellar; eos (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D14 D91 E42 G11 G12 G28 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 52 pages
Date: 2021-07
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