Full Programme

1-3 December 2020

Tuesday, December 1st

Time zone: London, UK (GMT)

Chairperson: Nikhil Vadgama, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

11:15 – 11:30

Opening Remarks: Paolo Tasca, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

11:30 – 12:00

Paper: Spillover Effects of Peer-to-Peer Lending on the Loan Losses of Commercial Banks

 

Speaker: Janus Zhang, Hong Kong Baptist University

12:00 – 12:30

Paper: Ride the Lightning: Turning Bitcoin into Money

 

Speaker: Peter Zimmerman, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

12:30 – 13:00

Paper: Miner Collusion and the Bitcoin Protocol

 

Speaker: Alfred Lehar, University of Calgary

13:00 – 14:00

Panel: Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and the future of digital money

 

Speakers:
Michael Kumhof, Bank of England
Kevin Werbach, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
Sonja Davidovic, IMF

 

Moderator: Tom Wilson, Reuters

14:00

Closing Remarks: Nikhil Vadgama, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

Wednesday, December 2nd

Time zone: London, UK (GMT)

Chairperson: Jiahua (Java) Xu, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

11:15 – 11:30

Opening Remarks: Paolo Tasca, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

11:30 – 12:00

Paper: The Value of β€œNew” and β€œOld” Intermediation in Online Debt Crowdfunding

 

Speaker: Fabio Braggion, Tilburg University

12:00 – 12:30

Paper: Asymmetric Cross-side Network Effects on Digital Platforms: Evidence from Marketplace Lending

 

Speaker: Ke Tang, Tsinghua University

12:30 – 13:00

Paper: Digital Currency and Economic Crises: Helping States Respond

 

Speaker: Geoffrey Goodell, University College London

13:00 – 13:45

Keynote: The economics of distributed ledger technology

 

Speaker: Raphael Auer, Bank for International Settlements

13:45

Closing Remarks: Jiahua (Java) Xu, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

Thursday, December 3rd

Time zone: London, UK (GMT)

Chairperson: Geoff Goodell, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

11:15 – 11:30

Opening Remarks: Paolo Tasca, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

11:30 – 12:00

Paper: (R)evolution in Entrepreneurial Finance? The Relationship between Cryptocurrency and Venture Capital Markets

 

Speaker: Kirill Shakhnov, University of Surrey

12:00 – 12:30

Paper: Why Fixed Costs Matter for Proof-of-Work Based Cryptocurrencies

 

Speaker: Maarten van Oordt, Bank of Canada

12:30 – 13:00

Paper: A Contract Service Provider Model for Virtual Assets

 

Speaker: Thomas Hardjono, MIT Connection Science & Engineering

13:00 – 14:00

Panel: The global pandemic and new opportunities for financial technologies

 

Speakers:
Kary Bheemaiah, Capgemini Invent
Paolo Sironi, IBM
Mark Esposito, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Harvard University

 

Moderator: Christina Frankopan, Lazard Financial Advisory

14:00

Closing Remarks: Geoff Goodell, UCL Centre for Blockchain

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