"Digital Currencies Based on Bitcoin’s Block Chain"
Bitcoin is the world’s first privately issued digital currency. It is an electronic medium of exchange which is neither issued by any government nor backed by any physical commodity. Bitcoin’s underlying technology also allows it to serve as an electronic payments network. How do people use Bitcoin? Why do they use it? What is so special about the block chain? How should regulators respond to this market innovation?
Norbert Michel studies and writes about housing finance, including the reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as The Heritage Foundation’s research fellow in financial regulations.
Michel, working in Heritage’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, also focuses on the best way to address difficulties at large financial companies (the “too big to fail” problem). In addition, he researches monetary policy and other issues related to the Federal Reserve. Before rejoining Heritage in 2013, Michel was a tenured professor at Nicholls State University’s College of Business, teaching finance, economics and statistics at the AACSB-accredited school in Thibodaux, La. His earlier stint at Heritage was as a tax policy analyst in the think tank’s Center for Data Analysis from 2002 to 2005.
He previously was with the global energy company Entergy, where he built a logistic regression model to help predict bankruptcies of commercial clients. His work allowed Entergy to better monitor monetary losses caused by customers’ delinquent payments. Michel holds a doctoral degree in financial economics from the University of New Orleans. He received his bachelor of business administration degree in finance and economics from Loyola University.
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