Christian Catalini

Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor
Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management


Christian Catalini

Christian Catalini is the Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor at MIT, and 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 digitization, entrepreneurship, and science. His research focuses on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, the economics of equity crowdfunding and startup growth, and the economics of scientific collaboration.

Christian is one of the principal investigators of the MIT Digital Currencies Research Study, which gave access to all MIT undergraduate students to Bitcoin in the fall of 2014. He is also part of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and the recently launched Digital Currency Initiative.

His work 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, and VICE news among others.

Christian has presented his research at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, MIT, Yale University, London Business School, New York University, UC, Berkeley, the Federal Reserve Bank, the US Treasury, the World Bank, and the White House OSTP.

In 2009-10, Christian was a visiting student at Harvard University. He holds a PhD from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and MSc (summa cum laude) in economics and management of new technologies from Bocconi University, Milan.

Faculty Media

  • [Innovation@work Blog] Why Enterprises Should Care About Blockchain

    Blockchain technology is hard to understand and even harder to predict. But given the promise of blockchain and its golden child, Bitcoin, you’d be wise to start making sense of it now.

  • New Models for Quality Journalism, from Wikitribune to Crypto Tokens

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is embarking on a new online venture that the rest of us can only hope succeeds: Creating a new business model for quality journalism.

  • Blockchain, Explained

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

  • Bitcoin Study Reveals How Early Adopters Influence Our Decisions

    Make early adopters feel special, and their resulting enthusiasm seems to help technology go viral.

  • 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.


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