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 in the respective article.

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Blockchain Research Lab joins European Blockchain Association

November 27th, 2023|

We're excited to share that the Blockchain Research Lab became part of the European Blockchain Association (EBA). This allows us to broaden our network and enhances our ability to collaborate with a diverse range of organizations and experts. This partnership is an opportunity to advance our research and understanding of blockchain technology's socio-economic impacts.

Insights on the Crossroads of Cryptocurrency and Gambling: A Conversation with Sally Gainsbury and Kahlil Philander

October 13th, 2023|

Our co-founder Dr. Fred Steinmetz had the privilege of joining the Technology, Risk, and Gambling webinar series, hosted by distinguished gambling researchers Prof. Sally Gainsbury and Prof. Kahlil S. Philander. In the latest episode, they delved into 'The Interrelations of Cryptocurrency and Gambling,' exploring the evolving landscape at the intersection of these two domains.

Blockchain Research Lab receives grant from the DZ BANK Stiftung

August 24th, 2023|

We are excited to announce that the Blockchain Research Lab has received a grant from the DZ BANK Stiftung. The funded project started in August 2023 and seeks to explore the opportunities of security tokens as a local investment option for individual investors. Furthermore, we are investigating the viability of security tokens as a potential future business model for cooperative banks.

Unlocking Environmental Sustainability through Regenerative Finance (ReFi): The Transformative Synergy of Web3 and AI Technologies

August 4th, 2023|

This blog post is an invited guest post by Dr Julian Granados. This post draws on the research conducted by Dr Granados at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research on the opportunities and tools that arise from blockchain technologies for facilitating Payments for Environmental Services (PES) and other environmental management schemes.

Seminar Course in the Study Program Q+ at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz on Cryptocurrencies and the Digitalization of the Financial System

June 27th, 2023|

On June 15, 2023, our co-founder Professor Dr. Ingo Fiedler led an event course on the topic "Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple & Co. - About Cryptocurrencies and the Abolition of Cash. Digitalization in the German Financial and Banking System of the Future." within the Study Program Q+ at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Presentation on „Onboarding ChatGPT“ at Der Wirtschaftsverein e.V.

June 26th, 2023|

The talk at Der Wirtschaftsverein e.V. on 26.06.2023 provided a comprehensive overview of ChatGPT, detailing its functionality, business applications, challenges, legal considerations, and a hands-on workshop with concrete examples. The focus on opportunities and limitations makes this information highly relevant for firms, as understanding and leveraging ChatGPT could unlock new potentials in automation, customer engagement, and various innovative solutions tailored to modern business needs.

Educating gambling addiction counsellors about the intersection of cryptocurrency and gambling: Experiences from an in-person seminar

May 10th, 2023|

Our co-founder Fred Steinmetz recently led an immersive in-person seminar at the Hessische Landesstelle für Suchtfragen e.V. (HLS), a non-profit organization focused on information, help and consultancy as well as prevention of gambling addiction, to deepen the understanding of the interrelations between cryptocurrency and gambling among participants.

Exploring the Intersections of Cryptocurrency and Gambling: Insights from a Seminar

May 4th, 2023|

As a researcher with a deep interest in the intersections of cryptocurrency and gambling, our co-founder Fred Steinmetz recently had the pleasure of leading a seminar on this topic at the Landesfachstelle Glücksspielsucht North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) – a non-profit organization focused on information, support and consultancy as well as prevention of gambling addiction.

New research published: A Blockchain-Based Fan Token Framework

April 17th, 2023|

We are excited to announce that the research paper “Enhancing Trust, Efficiency, and Empowerment in Sports: Developing a Blockchain-Based Fan Token Framework” has been accepted at the prestigious Thirty-first European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2023), Kristiansand, Norway. This research presents a comprehensive analysis of the potential of fan tokens in revolutionizing fan engagement and empowerment through blockchain technology.

Scientific report: “Avatars: Shaping Digital Identity in the Metaverse”

March 31st, 2023|

We are excited to announce the release of our latest comprehensive report “Avatars: Shaping Digital Identity in the Metaverse”, that delves into the essential role avatars play in the metaverse and digital identity. As a major pillar of the metaverse ecosystem, avatars have evolved significantly over time, and this report covers various aspects of avatars, including their market size, psychological factors influencing avatar selection, and their potential for growth in Web 3.0.

Presentation and Panel Discussion at Concordia University’s Conference Series on online gambling (Montreal)

March 21st, 2023|

Organized by the Research Chair on Gambling at Concordia University, Montreal, our co-founder Professor Dr. Ingo Fiedler gave a presentation at the Conference Series on online gambling on the current regulatory landscape of online gambling in Germany and provided insights into the current challenges and discourse around the gambling treaty.

The Rise of ChatGPT: Exploring its Effects on AI-Based Cryptocurrencies

February 8th, 2023|

New study: The launch of OpenAI's ChatGPT artificial intelligence chatbot in November 2022 had a positive impact on AI-themed cryptocurrencies, resulting in abnormal returns up to 41% over two weeks and 90% of tokens exhibiting positive abnormal returns. This suggests that the attention towards ChatGPT and AI in general has transitioned to cryptocurrency markets, leading to a positive price effect for AI-related cryptocurrencies.

New research published: A Systematic Analysis of Empirical Research on Stablecoins

January 13th, 2023|

Stablecoins have become an increasingly popular topic in the cryptocurrency space. These digital assets are pegged to the value of a traditional currency, such as the US dollar, and are designed to minimize price volatility. In our recently published article „A Systematic Literature Review of Empirical Research on Stablecoins“, we revealed key findings of previous studies and promising areas for future research.

Be part of 2022’s #GivingTuesday

November 29th, 2022|

For this year´s #GivingTuesday, it is our objective to raise funds for an exciting research project - focusing on the price impacts of decade-old Bitcoins. The project would be about the price impacts of “Satoshi era coin” moves. Satoshi era coins are Bitcoins that have been held in wallets for more than a decade and never been moved since then. The results contribute to public and scientific knowledge in the realm of market efficiency of cryptocurrency markets.

An analysis of LAND in The Sandbox: Q4 2022 | Research Note

November 22nd, 2022|

Digital real estate in the form of digital parcels of LAND in virtual worlds such as The Sandbox is emerging as a new asset class and may represent a significant aspect of future digital social interaction, identity on the internet, the metaverse and financial markets. The research note „An analysis of LAND in The Sandbox: Q4 2022” conducts a data-driven analysis of LAND in regards of its pricing, distribution and other factors.

Presentation at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) ECON DeFi Seminar

November 5th, 2022|

Our CEO Dr. Lennart Ante presented his working paper "Liquidity Shocks, Token Returns and Market Capitalization in Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Markets", where he analyzes so-called swaps on decentralized exchanges (DEXes) and challenges the metric "market capitalization" by highlighting how it insufficiently represents the actual value of DeFi tokens.

Presentation on stablecoins and crypto market efficiency at STAT of ML 2022 at the Czech Academy of Sciences

October 7th, 2022|

We would like to thank the Czech Academy of Sciences for hosting this year´s “Statistics of Machine Learning (STAT of ML) 2022“, from October 6 to October 7, 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic. Our CEO and co-founder Dr. Lennart Ante presented research on stablecoins and the market efficiency of crypto assets at the conference.

Research Note #1: An analysis of Mt. Gox creditor claims

August 9th, 2022|

In this research note, we analyzed data from the list of all 22,560 individual Mt. Gox creditors, who may receive payouts by late August, 2022. The total claims amount to $18.6 billion in BTC and BCH and $48.1 million in USD. The top 1% of creditors together account for over 50% of all claims. The top 0.1% – only 23 claims – share 27.3% of all claims, or $5.1 billion.

Blockchain Research Lab receives grant from the Ethereum Foundation

August 8th, 2022|

We are pleased to announce that the Blockchain Research Lab has received a grant from the Ethereum Foundation. The aim of the project is to investigate the extent to which transaction costs interrelate with different economic activities on the Ethereum network. We would like to thank the Ethereum Foundation for its trust placed in us and look forward to the implementation of the research project.

Call for Papers: Emerging Digital Platforms and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

July 26th, 2022|

We are pleased to announce that our co-founders Dr. Lennart Ante and Prof. Dr. Ingo Fiedler will be editing a Special Issue of the academic journal Digital Business. This issue will focus on the topic of "Emerging Digital Platforms and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)". In the post, further information on the Call for Papers, deadlines and other topics are provided.

Seal of approval of the Stifterverband 2022 – 2023

April 12th, 2022|

Our research activities have again been honored by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft with the seal of approval "Innovativ durch Forschung". We are very proud to carry the seal of approval and would like to thank our employees for their commitment to explore the opportunities and limits of the blockchain technology and sharing their findings with society.

Successfull 3rd Berlin Conference Crypto-Currencies in a Digital Economy (CCC3/ CCConf 2021)

November 29th, 2021|

We would like to thank the Blockchain Research Center at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Austrian Blockchain Center (ABC Research), the University College Dublin, the HTW Berlin and the University of Zurich for organising and hosting this year´s “3rd Berlin Conference Crypto-Currencies in a Digital Economy (CCC3/ CCConf 2021)“

Presentation at the 3rd Crypto Asset Lab Conference

November 1st, 2021|

At this year's 3rd Crypto Asset Lab Conference of the Crypto Asset Lab of Università Milano-Bicocca and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), our co-founder Dr. Lennart Ante will present his working paper titled „Non-fungible token (NFT) markets on the Ethereum blockchain: Temporal development, cointegration and interrelations”

Presentation at the 25th FMM Conference: Macroeconomics of Socio-Ecological Transition of Hans-Böckler-Stiftung

October 22nd, 2021|

At this year's 25th FMM Conference: Macroeconomics of Socio-Ecological Transition of the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, our co-founder Dr. Lennart Ante will present the working paper titled „The scope of green finance research: Research streams, influential works, intellectual exchange and future research paths”.

Workshop: Digitization in payment transactions at Hamburg Economic Forum for young professionals and students

October 18th, 2021|

We are very pleased to be able to give a workshop on the 8th of November 2021 on the topic of „Decentralized Finance (DeFi): An open financial system on the blockchain“ at the Hamburg Economic Forum. The event is organized by Handelskammer Hamburg with Deutsche Bundesbank and HAW Hamburg and is aimed at young professionals and students.

Presentation at the IFZ FinTech Colloquium 2021

October 12th, 2021|

On the 17th of November 2021 our co-founder Dr. Lennart Ante will be giving a presentation on our paper “Non-fungible token (NFT) markets on the Ethereum blockchain: Temporal development, cointegration and interrelations” at the IFZ FinTech Colloquium 2021 of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Presentation at Blockchance Europe 2021

October 5th, 2021|

We are very pleased to participate again this year with a presentation on Bitcoin's energy consumption at the upcoming Blockchance Europe 2021. Blockchance is Germany´s leading blockchain conference and will be held in Hamburg from December 2 to 4, 2021.

Franco-German Summer School for young researchers of Public Finances | Université de Lorraine / IRENEE

June 24th, 2021|

Our co-founder Fred Steinmetz presented at the event, highlighting the relevance of blockchain technology for addressing current and future issues in public finance. The presentation comprised topics such as central bank digital currency, Facebook-initiated digital currency Diem as well as artificial intelligence’s implications for public finance.

Presentation on the overlaps of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency and gambling held at the Institute for Gambling and Society of the Ruhr Universität Bochum

June 11th, 2021|

In the event that is held monthly and covers latest topics and research relating to gambling, our co-founder Fred Steinmetz presented on the most important overlaps of blockchain, cryptocurrency and gambling by highlighting the phenomenon of ‘decentralized gambling’.

Partnership with Popsicle Finance

May 15th, 2021|

The Blockchain Research Lab is pleased to announce a partnership with Popsicle Finance to start a research project in the area of Decentralized Finance (DeFi). Within the research project, the relevant DeFi ecosystem(s) will be mapped, market inefficiencies identified and possible yield optimization and hedging strategies will be analysed with the goal to make DeFi markets less risky and more efficient.

Digital Twin Technology for Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0: Results of a Bibliometric Analysis

March 2nd, 2021|

Digital Twin technology comprises digital images, replicas or identities of physical systems, objects or assets that can be used, for example, for industrial health monitoring or process optimization and tracking. As part of our article published in Manufacturing Letters, we examined the intellectual discourses of academic research on the topic of digital twin.

Enterprise DLT: The Leaky Trust Machine

December 11th, 2020|Tags: |

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) comes with the promise of creating trust by technological means. While non-DLT systems often have a central operator who enjoys complete authority and little oversight, DLT systems use mechanisms like data replication and consensus algorithms to distribute control among a group of (hopefully) independent validators.

New Book: Blockchain and the Digital Economy

August 14th, 2020|

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.

Choosing a Distributed Ledger Technology

June 30th, 2020|

To conduct any IT project, it is greatly advantageous to rely on well documented software as well as software with active developer community. The development of a blockchain system is no exception to this, as the choice of a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) with plenty of resources is advantageous.

Seal of approval of the Stifterverband 2020 – 2021

June 26th, 2020|

Our research activities have been honored by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft with the seal of approval "Innovativ durch Forschung". We would like to thank our employees for their commitment to explore the opportunities and limits of the blockchain technology and sharing their findings with society.

Blockchain for Supply Chain

June 22nd, 2020|

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.

Libra: An assessment of the public opinion

March 24th, 2020|

Libra describes a project that aims to create a blockchain-based financial infrastructure surrounding its inherent asset, the digital currency Libra. The project was initially started by Facebook and is now developed by the Libra Association, a foundation dedicated to Libra’s development...

How Do OP Return Transactions Impact Bitcoin?

March 13th, 2020|

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...

Key Insights of Cryptocurrency Adoption in Germany in 2019

February 12th, 2020|

The Report “The State of Cryptocurrency Adoption: Germany Q4 2019“ provides new insights into cryptocurrencies in Germany, based on a representative online survey among more than 3,000 participants. 69% of cryptocurrency owners are male; the average owner is ten years younger, better educated, and earns €400 more per month than the average non-owner.

The Top 5 Blockchain Discourses in Business and Economics Research

February 6th, 2020|

Based on 9,672 citations in 467 peer-reviewed research papers, we identified the five most important discourses in business and economics research on blockchain. Here is a short description of the top five blockchain discourses in business and economics research, plus the key research papers that have shaped the first eleven years of blockchain research.

DiBiChain Project Launched

October 29th, 2019|

Since July 2019, the Blockchain Research Lab collaborates on a three-year research project called DiBiChain. The project is funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Its research goal is to make product life cycles more transparent and sustainable through the use of blockchain technology.

Cheap Signals in Security Token Offerings (STOs)

February 18th, 2019|

This study provides the first overview of security tokens and the STO model for corporate financing. Our analysis investigates security tokens from the perspective of a firm looking to raise capital. The results show that cheap signals are effective, which raises concerns for investor protection.

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