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Christian Catalini is the founder of the MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab, and a Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School.

Christian is a also co-creator of Diem (formerly Libra), and the chief economist of the Diem Association.

Christian was previously the Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor at MIT, and Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School.

Christian's research focuses on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, and he previously worked on the economics of equity crowdfunding and startup growth, and the economics of scientific collaboration.

He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto (Rotman School of Management), and MSc (summa cum laude) in Economics and Management of New Technologies from Bocconi University, Milan.

His research has been featured in Nature, Science, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, WIRED, NPR, Forbes, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, VICE news and the Washington Post among others.

Christian has presented his work at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, MIT, Yale University, London Business School, New York University, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, the Federal Reserve Bank, the US Treasury, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the World Bank, the IMF, the White House OSTP, and a number of central banks and regulators.



"Antitrust and Costless Verification: An Optimistic and a Pessimistic View of the Implications of Blockchain Technology."

Catalini, Christian, and Catherine Tucker. Antitrust Law Journal Vol. 82, No. 3 (2019): 1-10.

"Are Syndicates the Killer App of Equity Crowdfunding?"

Agrawal, Ajay, Christian Catalini, and Avi Goldfarb. California Management Review Vol. 58, No. 2 (2016): 111-124.

"Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies: Implications for the Digital Economy, Cybersecurity and Government."

Catalini, Christian. Georgetown Journal of International Affairs Vol. 19, (2018): 36-42.

"Blockchain Technology and Organization Science: Opportunities and Challenges."

Catalini, Christian and Jordan Boslego. (2018).

"Blockchain Technology for Healthcare: Facilitating the Transition to Patient-Driven Interoperability."

Gordon, William, and Christian Catalini. Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal Vol. 16, (2018): 224-230.

"Can Equity Crowdfunding Democratize Access to Capital and Investment Opportunities?"

Christian Catalini, Catherine Fazio, and Fiona Murray. In MIT Innovation Initiative Lab for Innovation Science and Policy Report 2016, Cambridge, MA: May 2016.

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