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Livestream: Crypto and Blockchain Economics Research (CBER) Conference

10:00am – 2:15pm EDT livestream

In collaboration with Management Science, FinTech at Cornell - an Initiative of the SC Johnson College of Business, and the Rotman School of Management's FinHub

Event Details


Date: April 16 - 17, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 02:15 PM
Speaker(s): Hosts:
Andreas Park (University of Toronto)
Gideon Saar (Cornell University)

Session Chairs:
Kose John (New York University)
Garud Iyengar (Columbia University)
Christine Parlour (UC Berkeley)
Wei Xiong (Princeton University)

Aleksander Berentsen (University of Basel)
Yao Cui (Cornell University)
Deeksha Gupta (Carnegie Mellon University)
Hanna Halaburda (New York University)
Mariana Khapko (University of Toronto)
Evgeny Lyandres (Tel Aviv University)
Andrew Wu (University of Michigan)
Katrin Tinn (McGill University)

Keynote Speeches
Campbell Harvey (Duke University) in conversation with David Yermack (New York University)
Elaine Shi (Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University) in conversation with Gur Huberman (Columbia University)

Awards Ceremony
Andrew Karolyi (Acting Dean and Dean of Academic A airs, SC Johnson College of Business)
Topic: Crypto and Blockchain Economics Research (CBER) Conference

Online. Watch Day 1 of the CBER Conference live on Rotman's YouTube channel at the following link:

Location: Online
Cost: Free to attend.
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To register for Day 2 of the CBER Conference on Saturday, April 17, visit:


Day 1 - Friday, April 16, 2021

Host: Andreas Park (University of Toronto)

Introductory Remarks (10:00 AM EST - 10:05 AM EST)

Session 1: Cryptocurrency Forensics (10:05 AM EST - 11:35 AM EST)
Session Chair: Kose John (New York University)

Crypto Wash Trading
by Lin William Cong (Cornell University), Xi Li (University of Newcastle), Ke Tang (Tsinghua University) and Yang Yang (Tsinghua University)
Discussant: Deeksha Gupta (Carnegie Mellon University)

Increased Transparency of the Global Financial System: Evidence from Terrorist Attacks Financing Detection in Blockchain-based Currencies
by Dan Amiram (Tel Aviv University), Bjorn Jorgensen (Copenhagen Business School) and Daniel Rabetti (Tel Aviv University)
Discussant: Andrew Wu (University of Michigan)

Break (11:35 AM EST - 11:40 AM EST)

Keynote Speech (11:40 AM EST - 12:40 PM EST)
Campbell Harvey (Duke University) presents "DeFi and the Future of Finance"
Moderator: David Yermack (New York University)

Break (12:40 PM EST - 12:45 PM EST)

Session 2: Blockchain and Money (12:45 PM EST - 2:15 PM EST)
Session Chair: Christine Parlour (UC Berkeley)

Permissioned Distributed Ledgers and the Governance of Money
by Raphael Auer (Bank for International Settlements), Cyril Monnet (University of Bern) and Hyun Song Shin (Bank for International Settlements)
Discussant: Aleksander Berentsen (University of Basel)

Central Bank Digital Currency: When Price and Bank Stability Collide
by Linda Schilling (Ecole Polytechnique), Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde (University of Pennsylvania) and Harald Uhlig (University of Chicago)
Discussant: Katrin Tinn (McGill University)

Agenda for Day 2 - Saturday, April 17, 2021

Host: Gideon Saar (Cornell University)

Session 3: Beyond Bitcoin (10:00 AM EST - 11:30 AM EST)
Session Chair:
Garud Iyengar (Columbia University)

To Infinity and Beyond: Financing Platforms with Uncapped Crypto Tokens
by Rowena Gan (Southern Methodist University), Gerry Tsoukalas (University of Pennsylvania) and Serguei Netessine (University of Pennsylvania)
Discussant: Yao Cui (Cornell University)

(R)Evolution in Entrepreneurial Finance? The Relationship between Cryptocurrency and Venture Capital Markets
by Kirill Shakhnov (University of Surrey) and Luana Zaccaria (Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance)
Discussant: Evgeny Lyandres (Tel Aviv University)

Break (11:30 AM EST - 11:35 AM EST)

Session 4: Mining and Welfare (11:35 AM EST - 1:05 PM EST)
Session Chair:
Wei Xiong (Princeton University)

When Cryptomining Comes to Town: High Electricity-Use Spillovers to the Local Economy
by Matteo Benetton (UC Berkeley), Giovanni Compiani (University of Chicago) and Adair Morse (UC Berkeley)
Discussant: Hanna Halaburda (New York University)

StableFees: A Predictable Fee Market for Cryptocurrencies
by Soumya Basu (Cornell University), David Easley (Cornell Univeristy), Maureen O'Hara (Cornell University) and Emin Gun Sirer (Cornell University)
Discussant: Mariana Khapko (University of Toronto)

Break (1:05 PM EST - 1:10 PM EST)

Keynote Speech (1:10 PM EST - 2:10 PM EST)
Elaine Shi (Carnegie Mellon University) presents "Foundations of Distributed Consensus and Blockchains"
Moderator: Gur Huberman (Columbia University)

Awards Ceremony (2:10 PM EST - 2:15 PM EST)
Presented by Andrew Karolyi (Acting Dean and Dean of Academic A airs, SC Johnson College of Business)

For full details on the CBER Conference visit:

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Questions:, Daniel Ellul, (416) 978-6119 

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