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The Case for Central Bank Electronic Money and the Non-case for Central Bank Cryptocurrencies
Publication by Aleksander Berentsen and Fabian Schär in Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, Second Quarter 2018, 100(2), pp. 97-106.
We characterize various currencies according to their control structure, focusing on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and government-issued fiat money. We then argue that there is a large unmet demand for a liquid asset that allows households and firms to save outside of the private financial sector. Central banks could offer such an asset by simply allowing households and firms to open accounts with them. Finally, we conclude that a central bank will not issue cryptocurrencies in the sense of a truly decentralized and permissionless asset that allows users to remain anonymous.