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22.10.2018

Call for Papers: 27th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics

The 27th conference on postal and delivery economics will be held in Dublin, 22 – 25 May, 2019. In anticipation of the conference we are […] read more

Communications & Media

Gori, P., Parcu, P.L. “Postal operators as “ground based” online platforms?”

The paper “Postal operators as “ground based” online platforms?” (Gori, P., Parcu, P.L.) will be presented at the 7th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (21-22June, […] read more

Communications & Media

Wahyuningtyas, S. Y. “The Decentralization Via Self-Regulation of Online Platform and Competition Policy Challenges: A Study on Go-Jek in Indonesia”

The paper “The Decentralization Via Self-Regulation of Online Platform and Competition Policy Challenges: A Study on Go-Jek in Indonesia” (Wahyuningtyas, S. Y. ) will be […] read more

Communications & Media

Bieri, D., Franzi, S.*, Simundza, D. “Regulatory Networks in the US Blockchain Industry”

The paper “Regulatory Networks in the US Blockchain Industry” (Bieri, D., Franzi, S., Simundza, D.) will be presented at the 7th Conference on the Regulation […] read more

Communications & Media

Conference Highlights: 26th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics

For three days, the international community of the regulators, operators and experts of the postal and delivery sectors gathered in the beautiful city of Split (Croatia) to discuss the challenges and the possible futures of the sectors in the 26th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics read more

Communications & Media

Rossotto, C.M.*, Lal Das, P., Gasol Ramos, E., Clemente Miranda, E., Badran, M.F., Martinez Licetti, M., and Miralles Murciego, G.”Digital Platforms: A Literature Review and Policy Implications for Development”

The paper “Digital Platforms: A Literature Review and Policy Implications for Development” (Rossotto, C.M., Lal Das, P., Gasol Ramos, E., Clemente Miranda, E., Badran, M.F., Martinez […] read more

Communications & Media

Frieden, R., “The Internet of Platforms and Two-Sided Markets: Implications for Competition and Consumers”

The paper “The Internet of Platforms and Two-Sided Markets: Implications for Competition and Consumers” (Frieden, R.) will be presented at the 7th Conference on the […] read more

Annual Training

Interview

24.05.2018

VIDEOS: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Algorithmic Decision-Making and Annual Training Participants

Last week the FSR C&M ran a compelling and successful third and final Block of the eighth edition of our Annual Training. read more

Communications & Media

Interview

4.04.2018

Watch Our Interview with Hal Varian

On Thursday and Friday, 22-23 March, FSR C&M together with the FCP and CMPF held its annual Scientific Seminar, which this year was dedicated to competition, regulation and pluralism in the online world. read more

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Bieri, D., Franzi, S.*, Simundza, D. “Regulatory Networks in the US Blockchain Industry”

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The paper “Regulatory Networks in the US Blockchain Industry” (Bieri, D., Franzi, S., Simundza, D.) will be presented at the 7th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (21-22June, 2018). 

ABSTRACT

This paper analyzes the network structure of regulators of the blockchain fintech in- dustry in the United States. One of the innovative features of the blockchain is that the technology is both a process and infrastructure, and as a consequence of this duality, there is significant uncertainty over its future regulation. Therefore, one important question this research addresses is: who is going to regulate the blockchain, and fintech more gener- ally? We examine existing blockchain companies and their regulators through a sample of member firms of two prominent blockchain consortia— R3 and Hyperledger. We use the companies’ self-reported data on regulators to generate and analyze the regulatory net- work, extending the the layered interbank lending model of Craig and von Peter (2014). We classify the various entities in the US federal regulatory ecosystem into five categories, i.e. federal regulators, federal reserve system, self-regulatory agencies, state regulators, and private regulators. Our network of regulators is compact and dense, with many fed- eral, state, and self-regulatory groups exhibiting a high degree of connectivity. The results of the econometric model show the regulators are tiered in a core-periphery structure, with the core composed, as we might expect, mainly of federal regulators and regional federal reserve banks, but also, surprisingly, some state and self-regulatory bodies.

The presentation is available here

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Simone Franzi is a doctoral student in the School of Public and International Affairs and a research assistant at the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience at Virginia Tech, USA. He studies the political economy of trade and finance, in particular the impacts of preferential trade agreements to governance infrastructures, decentralization of power, and political authority at different regulatory and jurisdictional levels. He is also interested in blockchain and the impacts of innovations to regulatory infrastructures. His current research focuses on the effects of distributed ledger technology for the geography and regulation of the financial industry. His previous works at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Bern, Switzerland, focused on conceptualization of trusts and empirical measures of trustworthiness as well as the impacts of natural resources to international cooperation.

*presenting author