Special Issue "Libra Cryptocurrency: Characteristics, Money Decentralization and Challenges"

A special issue of Journal of Risk and Financial Management (ISSN 1911-8074). This special issue belongs to the section "Financial Technology and Innovation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Nikolaos A. Kyriazis

Guest Editor
28th October 78 Street, Department of Economics, University of Thessaly, Volos, P.C.: 38333, Greece
Interests: financial economics, monetary economics, unconventional monetary policies, digital currencies
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Dear Colleagues,

Innovations in the financial system have been the epicenter of academic and financial debate since the launch of cryptocurrencies. The extraordinary bull market of digital currencies during 2017 has led to an increasing number of investors and speculators including Bitcoin and its substitutes in their portfolios. This has generated a trend for seeking alternative forms of liquidity for transactions and investments at a global scale. Central banks have started creating central bank digital currencies in order to provide more stable and controllable digital forms of money. The concept of such currencies is to prove friendlier to the public and investors as they will not suffer from large fluctuations.

In an effort to provide a digital currency with the characteristics of a stablecoin but accessible to billions of people and easy to employ, Facebook announced the launch of its own cryptocurrency, the so-called “Libra”. This is planned to make transactions as simple as sending a text message in Facebook. This project will enjoy the great advantage of already having more than 2.5 billion Facebook users as potential customers. If realized, Libra will become the most decentralized digital currency in the history of monetary economics. Its supporters claim that Libra will provide the necessary alternative form of liquidity for emerging economies that have limited access to traditional international currencies. The significant reduction in preference mismatching, transaction cost, and time spent could spur global prosperity and initiate the tendency for the creation of alternative highly decentralized global digital currencies. However, emphasis should be placed on legal issues and the protection of data privacy when platforms such as Facebook’s WhatsApp are employed in everyday transactions.

Research about Libra, its perils, characteristics, and perspectives generates great potentials for understanding monetary economics and acquiring deep knowledge concerning financial systems. The Libra paradigm can provide important lessons for the eras to come and present the transaction from traditional to highly innovative financial systems that could serve for the reduction of income inequalities. We invite both theoretical and empirical papers as well as cross-disciplinary studies about Libra, its characteristics, its legal issues, and its potential.

Prof. Dr. Nikolaos A. Kyriazis
Guest Editor

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  • decentralized payment systems
  • financial accessibility
  • low-cost transactions
  • data privacy
  • growth in emerging markets

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Money Decentralization under Direct Democracy Procedures. The Case of Classical Athens
J. Risk Financial Manag. 2021, 14(1), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm14010030 - 11 Jan 2021
By analyzing the case of Athens during the Classical period (508-323 BCE) the main thesis of this paper is that under direct democracy procedures and the related institutional setup, a monetary system without a Central Bank may function relatively well. We focus on [...] Read more.
By analyzing the case of Athens during the Classical period (508-323 BCE) the main thesis of this paper is that under direct democracy procedures and the related institutional setup, a monetary system without a Central Bank may function relatively well. We focus on the following issues: (i) Τhe procedures of currency issuing in the Athenian city-state, (ii) why the Athenian drachma become the leading international currency in the Mediterranean world (iii) how and towards which targets monetary policy without a Central Bank was possible (iv) defining the targets of monetary policy and the mechanisms for its implementation (v) the role of money in the economy (vi) the issue of deficit spending (vii) the reasons of the replacement of the Athenian drachma as a leading currency by others from the Hellenistic period onwards (viii) the correlation of our findings regarding the decentralized character of monetary policy in Classical Athens to today’s realities, such as the issue of cryptocurrencies. Our analysis shows that monetary policy without a Central Bank was possible, with its foremost aim being the stability of the currency (mainly, silver coins) in order to enhance trust in it and so, make it an international currency which could outcompete other currencies. Since there was no Central Bank like today, monetary policy decisions were taken by the popular assembly of citizens in combination with the market forces themselves. Full article
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