Crafting the Crypto Economy

Owl Explains by Ava Labs and the Crypto and Blockchain Economic Research (CBER) Forum are proud to announce the Crafting the Crypto Economy podcast series. Episodes feature deep dives into notable research subjects such as lending platform economics, DEX design, DAO governance, and much more. By highlighting major research efforts, the series aims to unveil useful learning, explain complex topics, and educate a wide range of listeners, from beginners to professionals. Most of all, the podcast will equip lawmakers and regulators with the additional tools and knowledge they need to effectively and sensibly shape workable blockchain policies that maximally benefit all parties.

The podcast is moderated by Professors Andreas Park and Fahad Saleh.

Ava Labs x CBER Ep 2: Governance of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

Ava Labs x CBER Ep 2: Governance of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

With Brett Falk, Research professor, computer and information sciences, at the University of Pennsylvania. Gerry Tsoukalas, Associate Professor, Boston University.

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Ava Labs x CBER Ep 3: Just-In-Time Liquidity At Decentralized Exchanges

Ava Labs x CBER Ep 3: Just-In-Time Liquidity At Decentralized Exchanges

With Agostino Capponi, Associate professor in the IEOR Department at Columbia University.

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Ava Labs x CBER Ep 4: Economics of Lending Platforms

Ava Labs x CBER Ep 4: Economics of Lending Platforms

With Thomas Rivera, Assistant Professor of Finance at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. Quentin Vandeweyer, Assistant Professor of Finance and Fama Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago.

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Ava Labs x CBER Ep 5: Loss-Versus-Rebalancing (LVR) at Decentralized Exchanges

Ava Labs x CBER Ep 5: Loss-Versus-Rebalancing (LVR) at Decentralized Exchanges

With Ciamac Moallemi, Professor of Business at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University.

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Professor Andreas Park is a Professor of Finance at the University of Toronto, appointed to the Rotman School of Management and the Department of Management at UTM, and he currently holds the Canadian Securities Institute’s Research Foundation Limited-Term Chair. He serves as the Research Director at the FinHub, Rotman’s Financial Innovation Lab. He has served as a lab economist for the Blockchain stream at the Creative Destruction Lab (a world-leading start-up accelerator program) and advised various entities such as regulatory agencies, FinTech start-ups, and large banks. Andreas teaches undergraduate, graduate, and executive courses on payments innovation, decentralized finance, and financial market trading, and his current research focuses on the economic impact of technological transformations such as blockchain technology. He co-authored a design proposal for a central bank-issued digital currency, commissioned by the Bank of Canada. He’s serving on the Ontario Securities Commission’s Market Structure Advisory Committee.

Professor Fahad Saleh is a leading expert on economic design of blockchains. His work informs both the design of blockchain protocols (e.g., proof-of-work, proof-of-stake, etc…) and also the design of blockchain business applications (e.g., decentralized exchanges, lending platforms, supply chain applications, etc…). His work has been published by the top peer-reviewed scholarly journals including Management Science, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics. Additionally, he is among the most widely cited blockchain researchers in the world today, and his work includes the most widely cited scholarly article on the economic design of the proof-of-stake blockchain protocol. Professor Saleh serves on the editorial boards of Management Science and the World Scientific Annual Review of FinTech. He is also a founding member and co-organizer of the Crypto and Blockchain Economic Research (CBER) Forum and a Fellow of the FinTech Initiative at Cornell University. He holds a PhD in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business, a Master of Science in Engineering from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cornell University. He is currently a member of the Finance faculty at Wake Forest University where he holds the Nunnenkamp-Cinelli Faculty Fellowship.

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