Grant detail

Cryptocurrencies: Some Unanswered Questions

Principal investigator: Jaroslav Pavlíček M.A.
Collaborators: PhDr. Miroslav Palanský M.A.
Mgr. Jan Šíla MSc.
Description: It has been more than a decade ago since Satoshi Nakamoto wrote a white paper in 2008 describing a digital currency called Bitcoin that was based on the blockchain technology. Since then, hundreds of cryptocurrencies and innumerable other applications of blockchain technology have emerged. During that time, academic research on the whole area of cryptocurrencies gained in popularity. Especially with the recent unexpected surge in cryptocurrencies’ prices at the end of 2017 and their subsequent drop a few months later, many researchers have been studying the drivers of their prices, existence of bubbles, arbitrage opportunities among different exchanges etc. However, among this booming stream of literature, we have identified two rather broad areas, that, in our opinion, have not been well targeted yet. The first area covers the reasons for the existence of unprecedently large number of cryptocurrency exchanges in contrast to exchanges of more conventional assets. The second area is formed by the effects of the inherent threat that the anonymous nature of cryptocurrencies poses for international taxation and illicit financial flows in general. We believe that we have formed the right research group, with relevant experience in the field, in order to be able to competently research both proposed areas and find policy-relevant answers to our research questions.
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Finance: GAUK 1320120, submitted 11/2019
End date: 03/2023
December 2020




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