The paper aims to assess, from an empirical viewpoint, the advantages of a stablecoin whose value is derived from a basket of underlying currencies, against a stablecoin which is pegged to the value of one major currency, such as the dollar. To this aim, we first find the optimal weights of the currencies that can comprise our basket. We then employ volatility spillover decomposition methods to understand which foreign currency mostly drives the others. We then look at how the stability of either stablecoin is affected by currency shocks by means of spillover networks built on VAR models. Our empirical findings show that our basket based stablecoin is less volatile than all single currencies. This result is fundamental for policy making, and especially for emerging markets with a high level of remittances: a Librae (basket based stablecoin) can preserve their value during turbolent times better than a Libra (single currency based stablecoin).

Libra or Librae? Basket based stablecoins to mitigate foreign exchange volatility spillovers

Giudici P.;Pagnottoni P.
2022-01-01

Abstract

The paper aims to assess, from an empirical viewpoint, the advantages of a stablecoin whose value is derived from a basket of underlying currencies, against a stablecoin which is pegged to the value of one major currency, such as the dollar. To this aim, we first find the optimal weights of the currencies that can comprise our basket. We then employ volatility spillover decomposition methods to understand which foreign currency mostly drives the others. We then look at how the stability of either stablecoin is affected by currency shocks by means of spillover networks built on VAR models. Our empirical findings show that our basket based stablecoin is less volatile than all single currencies. This result is fundamental for policy making, and especially for emerging markets with a high level of remittances: a Librae (basket based stablecoin) can preserve their value during turbolent times better than a Libra (single currency based stablecoin).
2022
Cryptocurrencies; Fintech; Spillover; Stablecoins; Variance decomposition
Giudici, P.; Leach, T.; Pagnottoni, P.
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11383/2170146
 Attenzione

L'Ateneo sottopone a validazione solo i file PDF allegati

Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 27
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 27
social impact