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[Lecture Series HS20] Central Bank Digital Currencies


Dr. Thomas Moser, Swiss National Bank


With the emergence of Bitcoin and recently proposed stablecoins from BigTechs, such as Libra, central banks face a choice of either leaving the field to private actors or offering a digital alternative to physical cash themselves. Currently, central banks issue two types of money: (i) reserves in the form of settlement accounts at the central bank for selected financial market participants, and (ii) currency in the form of banknotes and coins available to the public. Accordingly, the literature on central bank digital currency (CBDC) distinguishes between (a) wholesale CBDC with limited access and (b) retail CBDC accessible to the public. In this lecture we will discuss where central banks currently stand and possible designs for a CBDC.


Tuesday, 1st. Dec. 2020


Online Lecture

Via Zoom


Dr. Thomas Moser

Thomas Moser is an Alternate Member of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank. Before, he was Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC from 2006 to 2010. He received his Masters and Doctorate in Economics from the University of Zurich.


Time Speaker Event Title Presentations
18:00 -18:05Prof. Dr Claudio TessoneWelcome & Introduction
18:05 -19:00Dr. Thomas MoserCentral Bank Digital CurrenciesDownload
19:00 -19:30Q&A
19:30 -20:00End (Apéro)


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