Cryptocurrency Competition and Dynamics

By Thomas Gebhart. University of Minnesota.

We build a model of competition among privately issued cryptocurrencies. We use a well-known monetary economics environment, the Lagos-Wright model, and include founders who can issue their own currencies in order to maximize their utility. Founders are endowed with productive capital that allows them to invest in projects that span multiple periods. Continue reading Cryptocurrency Competition and Dynamics

The Impact of Increasing Charter School Enrollment on the Achievement Gap: Evidence from Michigan

By Charles Weber. Harvard University.

Does increasing student access to charter schools lead to more equitable outcomes for all? More specifically, does increasing the number of students who attend charters in a district lead to a narrowing achievement gap… Continue reading The Impact of Increasing Charter School Enrollment on the Achievement Gap: Evidence from Michigan

Health Consequences of Legal Origin

By Cole Scanlon. Harvard University.

Considerable economic research suggests that the historical origin of a countrys laws is associated with legal rules and economic outcomes. This paper investigates differing public health outcomes of countries with common law legal origin (the British model) and civil law legal origin (the French model). Continue reading Health Consequences of Legal Origin

Financial Development and Economic Growth at Different Income Levels

By Cody Kallen. Washington University of St. Louis.

This paper examines the effects of financial development on growth rates using a sample of countries at different points in time, with the observation for each country beginning at the year it reaches a GDP per capita of $10,000 in constant 2005 dollars. Continue reading Financial Development and Economic Growth at Different Income Levels