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50886-01 - Vorlesung: FinTech, Digital Currency and Blockchains 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende David Yermack (david.yermack@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course covers digital currencies, blockchains, and related topics in the FinTech area, perhaps the most significant innovation in the financial world since the advent of double-entry bookkeeping centuries ago. The technology appears to represent an existential challenge for major parts of the finance industry. It is now commonly suggested by experts such as McKinsey that commercial banks and stock exchanges may no longer exist, or may become much smaller, within the next 10 to 20 years, with increasing volumes of payments and exchange taking place on a peer to peer basis.

We will begin with a study of the nature of money and legacy payment and banking systems. We will then study the emergence of stateless, cloud-based digital currency systems since 2009. Further lectures will explore threats that blockchain technology poses to incumbent firms and their resulting attempts to co-opt the technology into existing business models, and the rapid growth of digital finance firms such as Coinbase, Ant Financial, and numerous others. We survey related issues including hacking, “smart contracts,” initial coin offerings, forks, governance, decentralized finance (De-Fi), stablecoins, central bank digital currencies, and emerging regulation.
Bemerkungen We are planning to offer this course “in class”. Whether this is feasible depends on the evolution of the virus and travel restrictions in both Switzerland and the USA. If necessary, the course will be moved to an online format. The final decision will be taken in early May.
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Teilnahmebedingungen Solid understanding of business and economics on the BA level.Courses on Bitcoin, Banking Regulations and Monetary Policy on the BA level are helpful.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung All applications have to be processed through the Summer School office. Please fill in the application form, which can be found on the weblink: https://wwz.unibas.ch/de/application-enrollment/
There will be an orientation for all Summer School courses on Thursday, 4 March 2021; 18:00 -19:00 via Zoom.
The online application is open from 5 March until 29 March 2021. Applications that are submitted by 15 March (23:59) will be handled on a priority basis.
For more information, please visit the Summer School website: https://wwz.unibas.ch/de/summer-school/courses/
The enrollment for the course is at the same time the final registration for the exam! If there are still vacancies, we will accept late applications until 31 May 2021.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall unregelmässig
Datum 01.03.2021 – 04.06.2021
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben

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Module Kernmodul: Core Areas in Monetary Economics (Masterstudium: International and Monetary Economics)
Modul: Interdisziplinäres und Wissenstransfer (Masterstudium: Actuarial Science)
Modul: Wahlbereich (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Leistungsüberprüfung Semesterendprüfung
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung 50% proof of work exercise,
50% take-home exam with essay questions. For more details: see syllabus.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung An- und Abmelden: Fakultät
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ, studiendekanat-wwz@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ