About Coinbase Institute


The Coinbase Institute is a global crypto-native think tank, grounded in evidence-based research. Our work is driven around four core pillars of work:

Conducting and publishing rigorous, cutting-edge crypto & web3 research.

Convening collaborative discussions with thought leaders, academics, policymakers, and the crypto community.

Forging partnerships with academic institutions and think tanks to accelerate early-stage research and technical innovation.

Building an in-house team of thought leaders across disciplines to advance public knowledge and awareness of crypto and web3.

Leadership Team

Hermine Wong

Hermine is the Director of the Coinbase Institute and a Director of Policy at Coinbase.  Previously, she served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, at the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Executive Office of the President, and at the U.S. Department of State.

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Cesare Fracassi

Dr. Cesare Fracassi is our first Director of Economic Research and Chief Economist of the Coinbase Institute. Cesare is also a member of the State of Texas Work Group on Blockchain Matters. Before joining Coinbase, he was an associate professor of finance at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also Director of the Blockchain Initiative and the Fintech Research Lab. 

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Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board consists of distinguished academics who are leading research in the field of economics and champions of blockchain and the cryptoeconomy.

Academic Partnerships

We are committed to facilitating and convening collaborative, public discussions with thought leaders, academics, policymakers, and the community, by forging partnerships with academic institutions and think tanks. 

Our first partnership is with the University of Michigan. We have partnered with the University of Michigan to kick off the first comprehensive annual survey of U.S. households’ adoption of and sentiments toward crypto assets. Comprehensive data about crypto’s adoption over time will provide the public, policymakers, regulators, and academics with a better understanding of crypto’s diversity and interconnection to the overall economy.

“The Coinbase Institute has a potentially transformative mission - to enhance our understanding of the critical issues in the development of digital assets markets and Web 3.0. I am delighted that the University of Michigan and our research group are working with Coinbase Institute to conduct the first comprehensive survey on the use and adoption of crypto (or digital) assets in the US. We intend this to become a critical benchmark through which to understand the growth, development, and regulatory issues facing digital assets markets and Web 3.0.”

Vikramaditya S. Khanna

Vikramaditya S. Khanna

University of Michigan

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