Category Archives: Cryptoeconomics


My RMIT colleagues and I have a new essay at Medium. A taster: The growth of the regulatory state over the last thirty years has significantly increased the compliance costs of trade. While regulatory harmonisation and tariff reductions have encouraged … Continue reading

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Our latest Blockchain offering

My RMIT colleagues Chris Berg, Jason Potts and I have another paper up at SSRN. Distributed ledger technology emerged in 2009 as the protocol behind bitcoin, a cryptocurrency with origins in the ‘cypherpunk’ community who sought to use cryptography to … Continue reading

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Decentralized 2017

I spoke at the Decentralized 2017 conference in Cyprus late last year. Update: In related news following on from my CSIRO talk last week Campus Morning Mail had this story: RMIT economists are big on investing in teaching and research on the transformative … Continue reading

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CSIRO – Blockchain slides

Earlier today I gave a talk to a CSIRO conference. My powerpoint slides are here.

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Kate Sills: The Promise of Smart Contracts

                     STAN Jerry, we’re not just going to give you seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars. WADE What the heck were you thinkin’? Heck, if I’m only gettin’ bank interest, I’d look for complete security. Heck, FDIC. I don’t see nothin’ … Continue reading

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Roll up. Roll up. Get your Blockchain education here.

You’ve probably heard of blockchain. It’s the technology that powers a US$180billion cryptocurrency industry. But the truth is, bitcoin is only a small part of blockchain’s potential. We’re here to show you the big picture. RMIT is the first Australian … Continue reading

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Blockchain as a ledger

  My RMIT colleagues Chris Berg, Jason Potts and I expand on that point here.

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What you need to know about Bitcoin

HT: Mankiw

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“Stay out of the United States …”

Last week I attended the London BlockChain Week. It is an industry conference (run each year) and was a very interesting combination of people providing thoughtful and provoking presentations interspersed with industry presentations on new product development. A lot of … Continue reading

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Blockchain and Trust

From the WSJ: Blockchain overcomes the problem of lack of trust, thereby eliminating the need for middlemen. The concept relies on math and technology that are complex and often unintelligible to the uninitiated. Here, it is sufficient to appreciate only … Continue reading

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