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The Palgrave Handbook of Technological Finance

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Offers a comprehensive reference in alternative finance.

  • Features a broad mix of contributions from experts in the field, both practitioners and academics.

  • Includes theoretical and applied contributions

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Table of contents (31 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. An Overview of Technologically Enabled Finance

      • David C. Brown, Mingfeng Lin
      Pages 3-32
    3. Innovations in Alternative Finance in Historical Perspective

      • David Chambers, Rasheed Saleuddin, Craig McMahon
      Pages 33-58
  3. Digital Currencies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 59-59
    2. A Layman’s Guide to Bitcoin and Blockchain

      • Bhagwan Chowdhry, Seoyoung Kim
      Pages 61-78
    3. An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies

      • Jeongmin Lee, Christine A. Parlour, Uday Rajan
      Pages 79-93
    4. Digital Currencies and Central Banks

      • Gina Pieters
      Pages 139-160
    5. Cryptocurrencies: Regulatory Perspectives and Implications for Investors

      • Julapa Jagtiani, Michael Papaioannou, George Tsetsekos, Erik Dolson, Dan Milo
      Pages 161-186
  4. Payments and Trading

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 187-187
    2. What Does Digital Money Mean for Emerging Market and Developing Economies?

      • Erik Feyen, Jon Frost, Harish Natarajan, Tara Rice
      Pages 217-241
    3. Blockchain and Other Distributed Ledger Technologies in Finance

      • Gilles Hilary, Laura Xiaolei Liu
      Pages 243-268
    4. Consensus Mechanisms for the Blockchain

      • Joshua S. Gans, Neil Gandal
      Pages 269-286
    5. Multi-Stakeholder Governance in the Era of Decentralized Finance

      • Shin’ichiro Matsuo, Ryosuke Ushida
      Pages 287-309
    6. Law and Blockchains

      • Stephen McKeon, Derek Edward Schloss
      Pages 311-335
    7. Blockchain Trading and Exchange

      • Hugo Benedetti, Stephen McKeon, Cameron Pfiffer
      Pages 337-368
  5. Crowdfunding

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 395-395

About this book

This handbook provides the first comprehensive overview of the fast-evolving alternative finance space and makes a timely and in-depth contribution to the literature in this area. Bringing together expert contributions in the field from both practitioners and academics, in one of the most dynamic parts of the financial sector, it provides a solid reference for this exciting discipline. 

Divided into six parts, Section 1 presents a high-level overview of the technologically-enabled finance space. It also offers a historical perspective on technological finance models and outlines different business models. Section 2 analyses digital currencies including guides to bitcoins, other cryptocurrencies, and blockchains. Section 3 addresses alternative payment systems such as digital money and asset tokenization. Section 4 deals with crowdfunding models from both a theoretical perspective and from a regulatory perspective. Section 5 discusses data-driven business models and includes a discussion of neural networks and deep learning. Finally, Section 6 discusses welfare implications of the technological finance revolution.

This collection highlights the most current developments to date and the state-of-the-art in alternative finance, while also indicating areas of further potential. Acting as a roadmap for future research in this innovative and promising area of finance, this handbook is a solid reference work for academics and students whilst also appealing to industry practitioners, businesses and policy-makers.


  • Crowdfunding
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • P2P lending
  • Bitcoin
  • Blockchains
  • Digital Currencies
  • Microloans
  • Consumer lending
  • Business lending
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Asset management
  • Credit risk
  • SMEs
  • Social enterprise
  • Social finance
  • Data analytics
  • Distributed ledgers
  • Z-Cash

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

    Raghavendra Rau, Robert Wardrop

  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

    Luigi Zingales

About the editors

Raghavendra Rau is the Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of Finance at the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK, and a co-founder and director of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), a research group studying new instruments and channels of finance emerging outside of the regulated banking system. He has taught at a number of universities around the world, including Université Paris Dauphine, University of Luxembourg, Sciences PO, Indian School of Business, Purdue University, University of California at Los Angeles, and most recently, the University of California at Berkeley. Raghavendra was previously Principal at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco from 2008-2009. He is a former President of the European Finance Association, and a former editor of Financial Management.

Robert Wardrop is a Professor in Management Practice at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, UK, and the director of the Cambridge Centre of Alternative Finance. He is an economic sociologist interested in the development of channels and instruments of finance emerging outside of the incumbent financial system and the impact of these developments on market practices and regulatory change. He is the Academic Programme Director of the CCAF’s Cambridge Fintech and Regulatory Innovation online programme which has enrolled financial services regulators in more than 100 countries.

Luigi Zingales is the McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, USA and director of the Stigler Center. In 2014 he was President of the American Finance Association. His research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture. According to SSRN, he is the tenth most-cited author in the social sciences. His research on capitalism is summarized in two widely acclaimed books: Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists (2003, with Raghu Rajan) and A Capitalism for the People (2012). Zingales also co-hosts the podcast Capitalisn’t.    

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of Technological Finance

  • Editors: Raghavendra Rau, Robert Wardrop, Luigi Zingales

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-65116-9Published: 10 September 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-65119-0Published: 10 September 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-65117-6Published: 09 September 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXV, 888

  • Number of Illustrations: 22 b/w illustrations, 67 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Financial Technology and Innovation, Financial Services

Buying options

eBook USD 169.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-65117-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)