Christian Catalini


Christian Catalini

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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.



"How Do Travel Costs Shape Collaboration?"

Catalini, Christian, Christian Fons-Rosen, and Patrick Gaulé. Management Science Vol. 66, No. 4 (2020): 3340-3360. SSRN.

"Some Simple Economics of the Blockchain."

Catalini, Christian, and Joshua Gans. Communications of the ACM Vol. 63, No. 7 (2020): 80-90.

"Some Simple Economics of the Blockchain."

Catalini, Christian, and Joshua S. Gans. Communications of the ACM, July 2020.

"Moving Towards Permissionless Consensus."

Shehar Bano, Christian Catalini, George Danezis, Nick Doudchenko, Ben Maurer, Alberto Sonnino, and Nils Wernerfelt. Cambridge, MA: August 2019.

"The Libra Reserve."

Christian Catalini, ​Oliver Gratry, J. Mark Hou, Sunita Parasuraman, and Nils Wernerfelt. August 2019.

"The Libra Blockchain."

Zachary Amsden, et al. Cambridge, MA: July 2019.

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Executive Education

Executive Education Course

Blockchain Technologies

This online program draws on the work of leading MIT faculty and cryptoeconomics expert, Professor Christian Catalini, to examine blockchain technology from an economic perspective. You’ll be offered a foundational overview of how blockchain technology works, in order to demystify the technology and to understand its possibilities and limitations. Over the course of six weeks, you’ll be guided to understand blockchain technology beyond the fundamentals, and to appreciate its application and promise in the context of your own organization.

  • Nov 16, 2022-Jan 24, 2023
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