Blockchain Research Blog

On this blog short summaries of scientific publications or research projects on the topic of blockchain are published. External authors in particular are invited to briefly present their work. The contact information of each author can be found under the respective article.

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New Book: Blockchain and the Digital Economy

August 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

The book is written in a non-technical and accessible way and strives to demystify the functionalities of blockchains and their potential for a range of readers in the wider social sciences. It begins by explaining the key concepts of blockchain technology and presents an overview of the involved technical and economic elements.

How do Stablecoin Issuances affect Cryptocurrency Markets?

June 24th, 2020|Categories: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Crypto exchanges, Cryptocurrency, Economics of Cryptocurrencies, Event study, Libra, Tether, Uncategorized|

Stablecoins are digital currencies whose value is pegged to fiat currencies like the dollar. We analyze the influence of stablecoin issuances on the returns of major cryptocurrencies and conclude that stablecoins contribute to price discovery and market efficiency of cryptocurrencies.

Blockchain for Supply Chain

June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Circular economy, Supply Chain|

The real-life complexities of a supply chain must be mapped to a technical system, its objects and its users. This entails a number of specific requirements which influence the selection of the most appropriate blockchain technology, particularly whether a public or private blockchain should be used, and the design of the blockchain system.

A Week With Bitcoin: Transaction Timing and Transaction Fees

March 30th, 2020|Categories: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Economics of Cryptocurrencies, Omni, OP_RETURN, Tether, Veriblock|

This third and last blog post takes a look at intra-week patterns of Bitcoin activity. The following chart shows transactions and fees aggregated by weekday and hour. Activity was high on workdays and on afternoons, and low on weekends and on early mornings. The same is true for transaction fees...

How Do OP Return Transactions Impact Bitcoin?

March 13th, 2020|Categories: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Omni, OP_RETURN, Tether, Veriblock|

Many blockchains are multipurpose platforms. Their powerful scripting capabilities enable a wide range of different applications, from decentralised insurance to breeding digital pets. Bitcoin is different. It was built to serve a single purpose: the operation of a decentralized and secure digital currency...