Coinbase Forms Crypto Think Tank, Names Hermine Wong as Director

The crypto exchange launched the Coinbase Institute for crypto research and discussions.

AccessTimeIconMay 18, 2022 at 5:50 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 4:21 p.m. UTC

Coinbase Global (COIN) has created a crypto-native think tank dubbed the Coinbase Institute to fuel ideas across the digital ecosystem.

  • The Coinbase Institute will publish research on crypto and Web 3, and plans to hold talks with policymakers and thought leaders across the industry.
  • The Coinbase Institute will contain a site for updates, primers and crypto issues. In addition, it will have a monthly insight report on digital asset markets.
  • Coinbase has also formed the Coinbase Institute Advisory Board and an academic partnership with the University of Michigan.
  • Hermine Wong, the director of policy at Coinbase, will be the director of the Coinbase Institute.
  • Cesare Fracassi, a professor at the University of Texas' business school, will be the unit’s first director of economic research and chief economist. He is also a member of the Work Group on Blockchain Matters, a group formed by the state of Texas to help expand the blockchain industry there.
  • The advisory board consists of Christian Catalini, a crypto researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Marco Di Maggio, a researcher and professor at Harvard Business School; Vikramaditya Khanna, a law professor at the University of Michigan; Nagpurnanand Prabhala, a professor at Johns Hopkins' business school; and Manju Puri, a professor at Duke's business school.


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