Founding Economist

Dr. Stephanie Hurder

About 

Dr. Stephanie Hurder

Dr. Stephanie Hurder is a Partner and Founding Economist of Prysm Group. Dr. Hurder’s work combines tools from cutting-edge economics research with blockchain expertise to design successful incentive-compatible digital economies. Dr. Hurder has led economic advisory projects for Fortune 100 companies and leading startups backed by funds including Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Sequoia, Union Square Ventures, Y Combinator and more. She is a member of the Program Committees of the Crypto Economics Security Conference and Financial Cryptography, an academic advisor to blockchain projects at the World Economic Forum, and an Opinion Columnist for CoinDesk, where she writes a monthly column on the economics of emerging technologies. Dr. Hurder is a former management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and academic researcher at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Dr. Hurder regularly presents her work and research relating to economics and blockchain, which includes recent talks at Berlin Blockchain Week, Consensus, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the IBM Blockchain Accelerator, the Simons Institute at UC Berkeley, Stanford, SXSW, and the University of Cambridge. Dr. Hurder received an AB in Mathematics Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, an AM in Economics, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University, where she was advised by Professors Claudia Goldin and Nobel Laureate Al Roth.  

Recent speaking appearances include Consensus, IBM Blockchain Accelerator, Polychain Capital, and SXSW

A Framework for the New Economies of Blockchain: The Prysm Group House
Dr. Stephanie Hurder outlines a structure for incentive-compatible economic design for blockchain networks.

Unlocking the Value of Blockchain Technology
Dr. Stephanie Hurder and Dr. Preston McAfee discuss how economics have empowered breakthrough technologies at SXSW in Austin, TX.

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Experimenting with Blockchain for Government Transparency in Colombia

Prysm Group Founding Economists Dr. Cathy Barrera and Dr. Stephanie Hurder discuss the potential impact of the World Economic Forum blockchain pilot.

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