Economics of Cryptocurrencies Summer School

Economics of Cryptocurrencies Summer School

Aim & Focus Areas

The new distributed data structures (e.g. blockchains) and digital assets (e.g. cryptocurrencies) will foster novel services, business models and applications in the next years. These technologies can provide an automated and secure transaction infrastructure for next generation of smart systems while the voluntary user participation to the mining of cryptocurrencies could permit the development of new distributed services that offers an alternative to the advertisement-based revenue system used by most of the “free services” that are currently available. The Tehran Institute for Advanced Studies’ summer school on Economics of Cryptocurrencies aims at gathering together researchers and practitioners to focus on the new challenges posed by the cryptocurrencies with emphasis on economic aspect of it.

Target Audience

The summer school is intended for graduate students, scholars and practitioners with basic knowledge of cryptocurrencies and economics.


Executive Chair

Mohammad Morovati

Scientific Chair

Organization Chair

Maryam Hejazinia

Dates: 17-19 July, 2018

VenueThe Economics of Crypotocurrencies Summer School will be held at Khatam University

This Summer School will be in Farsi.

Tuition: 1,000,000 Toman

(Payable at the first day of Summer School)

Tuesday - July 17


Mahdi Mohseni – A&M University

Tuesday, July 17 — 11:00-12:30: Payment Systems and Digital Currencies
Thursday, July 19 — 9:00-10:30: Initial Coin Offerings
Thursday, July 19 — 11:00-12:30: Blockchain in the Capital Markets

Mahdi Mohseni is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in finance in 2015 from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He also received M.Sc and B.Sc. degrees in industrial engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. His current research focuses on corporate governance, control rights, and debt contracts.


Amin Shams Moorkani  –  University of  Texas at Austin

Wednesday, July 18 — 15:30-17:00: Is Bitcoin Really Un-Tethered?


Amin Sadeghi –  University of Tehran

Tuesday 17th July — 9:00 – 10:30 :  Opening and Introduction to Cryptocurrencies
Wednesday 18th July — 9:00 – 10:30 : Mechanics of Bitcoin
Thursday 19th July — 11:00 – 12:30 : Ethereum and Smart Contract

Mohammad Amin Sadeghi completed his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a faculty member in Computer Engineering at the University of Tehran. He is interested in cryptocurrencies and their applications.


Behnam Bahrak – University of Tehran

Tuesday, July 17 — 13:30-15:00: Public Key Cryptography, Hash Functions and Digital Signature (part1)
Tuesday, July 17 — 15:30-17:00: Public Key Cryptography, Hash Functions and Digital Signature (part2)


Hanzaleh Akbari Nodehi  – Sharif University of Technology

Thursday, July 19 — 13:30-15:00: Smart Contract Programming

Researcher at Sharif Blockchain lab (
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Mohammad Ali Maddah-Ali – Sharif University of Technology

Thursday, July 19 — 15:30-17:00: Blockchain Practicalities

Kaveh Moshtagh – Arznameh Research Group

Wednesday, July 18 — 13:30-15:00: EOS, Cardano, Monero and other cryptos

Blockchain researcher at Arznameh study group