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Andrea Canidio
Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Organizations. I produce research papers, lecture notes and Team Up Start Up
Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Organizations. I produce research papers, lecture notes and Team Up Start Up
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My research on the financing of blockchain projects, featured on INSEAD Knowledge

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Last week I spent a day at the Join Research Center of the European Commission discussing Fintech and, more specifically, blockchain and cryptoassets. Despite the fact that my presentation was very academic, most of the following discussion had a clear "policy" angle. This got me thinking about the regulatory issues related to blockchain. This piece is the outcome of these ruminations. My attempt is to classify what is going on in the blockchain world, in relation to what the regulator should know/do, starting from "low priority" moving to "high priority" stuff. Comments are welcomed!

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Finally a research paper on a "hot" topic! If you are interested in the financial side of blockchain (ICOs, cryptocurrencies, and so on), don't forget to check it out. Abstract and link below.

"Abstract: Unlike traditional open-source projects, developers of open-source blockchain-based projects can reap large financial rewards thanks to a modern form of seignorage. I study to what extent this novel form of financing generates incentives to innovate. I consider a developer working on an open-source blockchain-based protocol that can be used only in conjunction with a protocol-specific crypto-token. This token is first sold to investors via an auction (the ICO phase) and then traded on a frictionless financial market. I establish that seignorage is effective at providing capital and at generating incentives to develop the protocol. Its effectiveness is however limited by the fact that, in all equilibria of the game, in each post-ICO period there is a positive probability that the developer sells all his tokens and, as a consequence, no development occurs. "

https://www.dropbox.com/s/z477ya37fjsf4w7/Canidio-blockchain-software-development.pdf?dl=1
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I'm really sadden by the news coming out of Hungary: the Hungarian government is shutting down CEU, a world-class university that does not cost a dime neither to the Hungarian government nor to the majority of its students. The reason: it is one of the last remaining independent institutions in Hungary. With this, the power grab is complete. #IstandwithCEU

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/04/04/hungarys-xenophobic-attack-on-central-european-university-is-a-threat-to-freedom-everywhere/?utm_term=.fbb9a7fc10ae
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Iran ( or Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen,... ) should make Trump an honorary citizen
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"On Monday, the Trump administration instructed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staffers to freeze all of the agency’s grants and contracts—cutting off financial support for many state air and water protection programs. [...] So it’s especially appropriate, and poignant, that a terrific documentary about Rachel Carson is airing on PBS this week. "
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Are we sure we live in an era of rapid technological progress?

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"maybe, just, maybe" I should try some of this stuff in one of my classes.
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