Christian Catalini

Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management


Christian Catalini Christian Catalini is an Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Christian's main areas of interest are the economics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and scientific productivity. His research focuses on crowdfunding and online entrepreneurial finance, how proximity affects the recombination of ideas, the adoption of technology standards, science and technology interactions. In 2009-10 he was a visiting scholar at Harvard IQSS. He has presented his research on proximity and innovation at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, MIT, Yale University, and London Business School.

Christian holds a BE in international markets and new technologies, and an MSc in economics and management of international markets and new technologies from Bocconi University, Milan, and a PhD in strategic management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Faculty Media

  • Blockchain, Explained

    An MIT expert on why distributed ledgers and cryptocurrencies have the potential to affect every industry.

  • This Is The World's First Cryptocurrency Issued By A Hedge Fund

    With performance falling, investors fleeing and offices closing, hedge funds had a rough 2016. But San Francisco-based Numerai was just getting started.

  • Pizza Proffer Punctures Privacy Protection, Prompts Pals' Perfidy

    People like the idea of privacy but not the effort, research finds.

  • The Privacy Paradox

    People like the idea of privacy but not the effort, research finds.

  • Blockchain: New MIT Research Looks Beyond the Hype

    "With a market capitalization of approximately $12 billion and with the price of Bitcoin reaching towards its 2016 high, Bitcoin is both the most established and the most secure cryptocurrency."

  • How Blockchain Technology Will Impact the Digital Economy

    The survival of any organization depends on its ability to outperform competitors and marketplaces in attracting and rewarding talent, ideas and capital.

  • FINTECH: MBAs Are Exploring The Investment Case For Blockchain Technologies

    MBA students have been exploring the investment case for bitcoin and ethers, digital currencies that backers hope will disrupt the financial services industry.

  • A Case for Public Blockchains

    Permissionless public blockchains have gotten a bad rap within the financial services industry as the market spends more time focused on developing permissioned private blockchain to connect its...

  • How Blockchain Will Affect Market Structures

    Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz talk to Christian Catalini, a professor at MIT, about Blockchain and why cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin could be widespread and disruptive.

  • Blockchain's Impact ‘Won’t Happen Overnight’

    The question of blockchain technology’s impact on financial markets and stock exchanges shouldn’t be one of ‘what’ but ‘when’, an expert says.


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