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How do warnings affect retail demand for Bitcoin? Evidence from an international survey experiment

Axel Ebers and Stephan Thomsen ()

Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) from Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Abstract: Bitcoin is associated with different risks. We conduct an information experiment in the four largest European economies to analyze the effects of specific warnings and information on retail investors’ demand for Bitcoin. Our results indicate that the impact is strongest when warnings point to privacy issues. Information on the lack of guarantees or on CO2 emissions only affects particular subgroups. Knowledge of broad public acceptance increases overall demand. Warnings can therefore effectively prevent extreme market events while avoiding the costs of stricter regulation. Effect heterogeneity implies that regulators should use specific information and different communication channels to reach relevant investors.

Keywords: survey experiment; warnings; Bitcoin; retail demand; regulation; cultural differences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D83 G40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 64 pages
Date: 2021-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa, nep-eur, nep-exp and nep-pay
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