Top 10 Most Popular Fintech Related Papers on SSRN


New analysis conducted by SSRN reveals that financial technology — fintech — is the fastest growing area of research on our platform.

Gregg Gordon, Managing Director of SSRN, explains: “Fintech related pre-prints and early stage research papers received over 550,000 paper downloads in the past two years on SSRN. This far outstrips other emerging research topics on the platform like big data (under 160,000 papers downloaded) and the controversial subject of ‘fake news’ (under 50,000 papers downloaded) in the same time-period.

“The findings show what many of us working at SSRN already know: that pre-print servers provide some of the most fascinating insights into the future of research, and by extension, broader societal trends.”

The Top 10 most popular fintech related papers on SSRN are:

  1. Is Bitcoin Really Un-Tethered? by John M. Griffin (University of Texas at Austin) and Amin Shams (University of Texas at Austin)
  2. Blockchain Technologies: Principles and Applications by Marc Pilkington (Université Bourgogne Franche Comté)
  3. Some Simple Economics of the Blockchain by Christian Catalini (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Joshua S. Gans (University of Toronto)
  4. 2017 Global Blockchain Benchmarking Study by Garrick Hileman (University of Cambridge) and Michel Rauchs (University of Cambridge)
  5. Decentralized Blockchain Technology and the Rise of Lex Cryptographia by Aaron Wright (Yeshiva University) and Primavera De Filippi (Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas)
  6. Cryptocurrencies: A Brief Thematic Review by Usman W. Chohan (University of New South Wales)
  7. Initial Coin Offerings and the Value of Crypto Tokens by Christian Catalini (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Joshua S. Gans (University of Toronto)
  8. The Evolution of Fintech: A New Post-Crisis Paradigm? by Douglas W. Arner (The University of Hong Kong), Janos Nathan Barberis (The University of Hong Kong) and Ross P. Buckley (University of New South Wales)
  9. Blockchain Technology and Decentralized Governance: Is the State Still Necessary? by Marcella Atzori (University College of London)
  10. Digital Tulips? Returns to Investors in Initial Coin Offerings by Hugo Benedetti (Boston College) and Leonard Kostovetsky (Boston College)