Research, Education, and Thought Leadership

The Stevens Center is engaged in trailblazing research and thought leadership, focused on the future of finance.

Stevens Center Joins in the Fight Against COVID-19

The Stevens Center at Wharton is pleased to announce its collaboration with MiPasa, a blockchain-based data control and communications system engaged in the fight against COVID-19.  Working in partnership with IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and others, the consortium aims to address a key problem facing scientists and researchers:  lack of integration of verified data sources that can be used with confidence.  The data is sourced from the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, and numerous other official sources.  The platform leverages the IBM Blockchain Platform and IBM Cloud, and will make sophisticated data analytics and privacy tools available on a Hyperledger platform.  One of the major benefits of using a blockchain platform is that it allows multiple parties to collaborate over the validity of rapidly-evolving coronavirus data.  Working together, the collaboration will fight to identify and scale responses and solutions in the global war against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wharton’s Fintech Specialization

Wharton announces a new online program: “Fintech: Foundations and Applications of Financial Technologies.” With this program Wharton demonstrates its commitment to creating business education that is relevant to today’s rapidly changing business landscape. The four-course specialization is available on the Coursera platform. Topics covered include payments, cryptocurrency and blockchain, lending, crowdfunding, modern investing and insurtech.

Research Papers

Buying Bitcoin by Robert Gutmann, Jonathan Knehr, Phillip Rapoport, Ross L. Stevens
Using live trade execution data from an institutional money manager, the paper measures the real-world costs and challenges a trader faces when demanding significant liquidity of Bitcoin.

The Blockchain Ecosystem by Sarah Hammer

Research Priorities

Fostering Innovation
Wealth Management
Real Estate
Financial Planning
Policy & Regulation