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Together with ABFER and CEPR, the Bank for International Settlements hosted a two-day workshop on "Fintech and Digital Currencies". Taking place on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 September 2019 in Basel, the conference aimed to stimulate debate and research on financial innovation and the digital economy.

The workshop brought together leading academics, central bankers and bank supervisors. The topics discussed included, but were not limited to:

  • Implications for financial markets of the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), big data and crypto-assets, and the macroeconomic outcomes;
  • Technological innovations in financial and payment systems: implications for financial intermediation;
  • Consequences of digitalisation for financial stability, monetary transmission and the conduct of monetary policy;
  • How financial innovation can help central banks to achieve their mandates;
  • Central bank digital currencies: pros and cons;
  • How central banks and financial regulators might respond to recent financial innovations;
  • Big data and consumer protection in the financial sector;
  • Financial innovation and new funding models (eg ICOs); and
  • Technology and financial inclusion.

Organising Committee: Antonio Fatas (INSEAD, ABFER and CEPR), Leonardo Gambacorta (BIS and CEPR), Amit Seru (Stanford University, ABFER and CEPR). 

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