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Cathy Barrera, PhD

Cathy Barrera, PhD

Founding Economist Prysm Group


Dr. Cathy Barrera is a Partner and Founding Economist of Prysm Group, a firm that specializes in economic and governance design for distributed ledger companies, institutions, and governments. She is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist, and writer, addressing various topics at the intersection of blockchain and economics. She is a Collaborator of the MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab and is an industry expert for MIT’s executive education course, Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application.

Dr. Barrera was previously tenure-track faculty at the S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and has appeared as a seminar speaker or guest lecturer at schools including Harvard, MIT, NYU, Fordham, Cornell Tech, University of Toronto, and the University of Southern California. Prior to co-founding Prysm Group, Dr. Barrera was the Chief Economist at ZipRecruiter.

Dr. Barrera received her BA from Northwestern University, where she majored in Communication Studies, Economics and Mathematics. She holds an MSc in Applicable Mathematics from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.

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