STO vs. ICO : a theory of token issues under moral hazard and demand uncertainty

Miglo, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9237-5293 2021, 'STO vs. ICO : a theory of token issues under moral hazard and demand uncertainty' , Journal of Risk and Financial Management, 14 (6) , e232.

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Abstract

This paper considers a financing problem for an innovative firm that is launching a web-based platform. The entrepreneur, on one hand, faces a large degree of demand uncertainty on his product and on the other hand has to deal with incentive problems of professional blockchain participants who contribute to the development and sales of the product. We argue that hybrid tokens can be a better option for the firm compared to straight utility tokens or security tokens because they help the firm better deal with both the moral hazard problems (via profit sharing incentives) and demand uncertainty (they help the firm learn the market demand for the product). This finding is consistent with some recent evidence. The paper also generates new predictions regarding the effect of different variables on the choice of financing method that have not yet been tested.

Item Type: Article
Contributors: Ziemba, P (Editor)
Additional Information: ** From MDPI via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ **Journal IDs: eissn 1911-8074 **History: published 21-05-2021; accepted 14-05-2021
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Risk and Financial Management
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 1911-8074
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Date Deposited: 24 May 2021 11:06
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:44
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/60366

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