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Kristoufek, L.: Bitcoin and its mining on the equilibrium path

Autor: prof. PhDr. Ladislav Krištoufek Ph.D.,
Typ: Články v impaktovaných časopisech
Rok: 2020
Číslo: 0
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Publikováno v: Energy Economics 85, art. 104588 PDF
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Klíčová slova: Bitcoin, digital mining, cryptocurrency, electricity
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Granty: PRIMUS/19/HUM/17 2019-2021 Behaviorální finance a makroekonomie: Nové pohledy pro hlavní proud
Abstrakt: Bitcoin as a major cryptocurrency has come up as a shooting star of the 2017 and 2018 headlines. After exploding its price twenty times just in the twelve months of 2017, the tone has changed dramatically in 2018 after major price corrections and increasing concerns about its mining power consumption and overall sustainability. The dynamics and interaction between Bitcoin price and its mining costs have become of major interest. Here we show that these two quantities are tightly interconnected and they tend to a common long-term equilibrium. Mining costs adjust to the cryptocurrency price with the adjustment time of several months up to a year. Current developments suggest that we have arrived at a new era of Bitcoin mining where marginal (electricity) costs and mining efficiency play the prime role. Presented results open new avenues towards interpreting past and predicting future developments of the Bitcoin mining framework and their main possible directions are outlined and discussed here as well.
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