What is Stablecoin?: A Survey on Its Mechanism and Potential as Decentralized Payment Systems

Kensuke Ito, Makiko Mita, Shohei Ohsawa, Hideyuki Tanaka
2020 International journal of service and knowledge management  
Our study provides a survey on how existing stablecoins-cryptocurrencies aiming at price stabilization-peg their value to other assets, from the perspective of Decentralized Payment Systems (DPSs). This attempt is important because there has been no preceding surveys focusing on the stablecoin as DPSs, i.e., the one aiming at not only price stabilization but also decentralization. For clarity, we first classified existing stablecoins into four types according to their collaterals (fiat,
more » ... y, crypto, and non-collateralized) and pointed out the high potential of non-collateralized stablecoins as DPSs; then, we further classified existing non-collateralized stablecoins into two types according to their intervention layers (protocol, application) and confirmed details of their representative m echanisms. Utilizing concepts such as Quantity Theory of Money (QTM), Tobin tax, and speculative attack, our survey revealed the status quo where, despite the high potential of non-collateralized stablecoins, they have no standard mechanism to achieve the stablecoin for practical DPSs. 1 The term cryptocurrency has a number of definitions, such as "any form of currency that only exists digitally, that usually has no central issuing or regulating authority but instead uses a decentralized system to record transactions and manage the issuance of new units, and that relies on cryptography to prevent counterfeiting and fraudulent transactions" [2] and "A medium of exchange that functions like money (in that it can be exchanged for goods and services) but, unlike traditional currency, is untethered to, and independent from, national borders, central banks, sovereigns, or fiats" [3] . See Houben and Snyers [4] for other legal definitions.
doi:10.52731/ijskm.v4.i2.574 fatcat:57xt3u72cjcnnemsbfmz3hikgm