Are they Viable? Berkeley Economics Prof Doesn’t Think So


Stablecoins are becoming popular. There’s no denying it; a number have hit the market this year. In fact, just yesterday, the Winklevoss twins announced the Gemini Dollar—the first-ever regulated stablecoin.

Not to mention Carbon launched CarbonUSD, a US dollar backed stablecoin, today.

And yet, despite the crypto market displaying optimism around the latest trend in the industry, one Berkeley Professor provided an alternative view.

He said there is no indication that stablecoins are viable.

Berkeley Professor Talks Stablecoins

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies pegged to a stable asset. That’s as simple as it gets. The Gemini Dollar, for instance, created by Gemini Trust Co (Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’ company) will be pegged to the USD at 1:1.

But Barry Eichengreen, Economics Professor at the University of Berkeley, said that just because these coins can be pegged to reserves of fiat currency doesn’t mean they are “viable.”

Sure, he admits that stablecoins appear to solves problems of conventional cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin (BTC). With these digital currencies, trading prices are volatile, making their purchasing power unstable.

Further, Eichengreen said that because their value is “stable in terms of dollars or their equivalent,” stablecoins are attractive as:

  • Units of account
  • Stores of value

However, according to Eichengreen, “this doesn’t mean that they are viable.”

Changing the Mind of the Crypto Market

It seems unlikely that Eichengreen’s comments will cause the crypto market to see a disappearance in stablecoins. Yesterday, a well-known crypto player said the Gemini Dollar is a sign that the industry is maturing.

>> Carbon Launches CarbonUSD: US Dollar Backed Stablecoin

Meanwhile, Tyler Winklevoss said that the Gemini Trust stablecoin will solve both trust problems and computer science problems.

So the question is: who should we, the people, believe?


Like with most new things, watch from afar before jumping in. How the Gemini Dollar does on the market will be an indication of how trustworthy stablecoins are. If it flops, perhaps you’ll be siding with Professor Barry Eichengreen.

Featured Image: Depositphotos/© AndreyPopov

If You Liked This Article Click To Share

Like it? Share with your friends!

22144 shares, 852 points

What's Your Reaction?

Fake Fake
Epic Epic
Like Like

Comments 0

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Are they Viable? Berkeley Economics Prof Doesn’t Think So

MainStreet Econ

Join the MSE Community

reset password

Back to
MainStreet Econ
Choose A Format
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
The Classic Internet Listicles
Open List
Open List
Ranked List
Ranked List
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Photo or GIF
GIF format

Send this to a friend