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Libra or Librae? Basket based stablecoins to mitigate foreign exchange volatility spillovers

Paolo Giudici (), Thomas Leach () and Paolo Pagnottoni ()
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Thomas Leach: Università di Pavia
Paolo Pagnottoni: Università di Pavia

No 183, DEM Working Papers Series from University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management

Abstract: The paper aims to assess, from an empirical viewpoint, the advantages of a stablecoin whose value is derived from a basket of underlying currencies, against a stablecoin which is pegged to the value of one major currency, such as the dollar. To this aim, we ?rst ?nd the optimal weights of the currencies that can comprise our basket. We then employ volatility spillover decomposition methods to understand which foreign currency mostly drives the others. We then look at how the stability of either stablecoin is affected by currency shocks, by means of VAR models and impulse response functions. Our empirical ?ndings show that our basket based stablecoin is less volatile than all single currencies. This results is fundamental for policy making, and especially for emerging markets with a high level of remittances: a librae (basket based stable coin) can preserve their value during turbolent times better than a libra (single currency based stable coin).

Keywords: : Cryptocurrencies; Fintech; Stablecoins; Spillover; Variance decomposition. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C01 C32 C58 G21 G32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24
Date: 2020-02
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