On January 3, 2020, the Bitcoin network officially turns 11 and the technology has transformed the lives of many. Since blockchain’s inception, scholars and economists have rigorously studied and written thousands of academic papers covering the subject. In 2019, there were more than 13,700 academic papers and Google Scholar articles published that mention the Bitcoin protocol.
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Academia Loves Bitcoin
On Halloween 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto dropped the Bitcoin whitepaper on the internet and it’s likely he didn’t know how massive his invention would become. After publishing the paper on the Cryptography Mailing List, two months later he launched the network. The technology slowly started gathering traction on the internet and people would hear about it in passing in forums and social media. In 2009, almost immediately after the Bitcoin network’s launch, analysts, teachers, students, and economists took notice of the fascinating protocol called Bitcoin. So scholars…