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Title: Cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Overview and future perspectives
Authors: Sebastião, Helder Miguel Correia Virtuoso 
Cunha, Paulo José Osório Rupino da 
Godinho, Pedro Manuel Cortesão 
Keywords: Bitcoin; Blockchain; Cryptocurrencies; Digital Coins; Libra; Ethereum; Market Efficiency; Central Bank Digital Currencies; Survey
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Project: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., Project UIDB/05037/2020 
Serial title, monograph or event: International Journal of Economics and Business Research
Volume: 21
Issue: 3
Abstract: This article presents an overview of the main developments of cryptocurrencies and discusses their future perspectives. First, it briefly reviews the history of cryptocurrencies since the creation of Bitcoin, presents the main market trends, and discusses the key features of cryptocurrencies in the context of blockchain. Second, it analyses current cryptocurrency projects, like the Libra project, and other applications of the blockchain technology. Third, it presents a systematic economics and financial literature review on cryptocurrencies. Fourth, it examines the challenges, benefits, and future perspectives of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, with a focus on the environmental issues and central bank digital currencies.
Description: This article's copyright belongs to Inderscience Publishers
ISSN: 1756-9850
DOI: 10.1504/IJEBR.2021.10034022
Rights: embargoedAccess
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