Prof. Dr. Fabian Schär

Prof. Dr. Fabian Schär is Professor for Distributed Ledger Technology/Fintech at the Faculty of Business and Economics. In addition, he is the Managing Director of the Center for Innovative Finance at the University of Basel and board member of the "Swiss Blockchain Federation" (Bundesrats Taskforce). His research focus is on interdisciplinary analyses of Smart Contracts, asset tokenization and Blockchain applications. He has a PhD in Cryptoassets and Blockchain Technology and co-authored several publications including the bestselling book "Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptoassets" and several scientific articles, some of them published in the prestigious Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review. He is the organizer of the "Blockchain Symposium", the "Blockchain Challenge", member of the organizing committee of a conference with the Swiss National Bank and co-initiator of a project to secure academic credentials on a Blockchain. In addition, he is a board member of the first FINMA regulated crypto asset manager, an advisor of various blockchain organizations and an invited speaker at numerous conferences, including the G20 Global Financial Stability Conference. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant in various positions at banks and bank-related companies.

Prof. Dr. Fabian Schär
Managing Director & Research
Peter Merian-Weg 6
4002 Basel
Switzerland

Tel: +41 (0)61 207 33 25

Publications

Peer-reviewed Articles

Nyffenegger R. & Schär F. (2018), Token Sales: Eine Analyse des Blockchain-basierten Unternehmensfinanzierungsinstruments, Corporate Finance, 05-06 2018, pp. 121-125. 
https://cf-fachportal.owlit.de/document.aspx?docid=CF1267606 

Berentsen A. & Schär F. (2018), The Case for Central Bank Electronic Money and the Non-case for Central Bank Cryptocurrencies, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, 100(2) pp. 97-106. 
http://dx.doi.org/10.20955/r.2018.97-106

Berentsen A. & Schär F. (2018), A Short Introduction to the World of Cryptocurrencies, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, 100(1), pp. 1-16.
https://dx.doi.org/10.20955/r.2018.1-16

Books 

Berentsen A. & Schär F. (2017), Bitcoin, Blockchain und Kryptoassets: Eine umfassende Einführung, BoD Norderstedt.
https://www.amazon.de/dp/3738653929/

Invited Chapters

Berentsen, A. & F. Schär (2019), Stablecoins: The quest for a low-volatility cryptocurrency, in A. Fatas (ed.), The Economics of Fintech and Digital Currencies, CEPR Press. 
https://voxeu.org/content/economics-fintech-and-digital-currencies

Berentsen A. & Schär F. (2016), The Fallacy of a Cashless Society, in: Beer C., Gnan E. & U.W. Birchler (ed.), Cash on Trial, SUERF Conference Proceedings 2016/1, Larcier, pp. 14-19.

Working and White Papers

Kugler P. & Schär F. (2018), Decentralized Ownership of Digital Assets: Virtual Property on the Blockchain, Working Paper.

Schär F. (2018), Cryptocurrencies: Miner Heterogeneity, Botnets, and Proof-of-Work Efficiency, Working Paper.

Reichmuth T., Roth. J. & Schär F. (2018), Blockchain: Disrupting the Renewable Energy Landscape. White Paper.
https://cif.unibas.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/cif/SUSI_Partners_Whitepaper/Blockchain_-_Disrupting_the_Renewable_Energy_Landscape_EN.pdf

Selected Open Source Contributions

Schär F. (2018), rCoinInterface. R package version 0.1.0.
https://github.com/Chainomics/rCoinInterface

Schär F. (2017), Terraform Second Auction. DSP40 Decentraland.
https://github.com/decentraland/proposals/blob/master/dsp/dsd-chainomics-unclaimedparcels.mediawiki

Invited Contributions in Magazines, Newspapers and Blogs

Schär F. (forthcoming), The Blockchain Revolution, Scope Magazine.

Schär F. (2019), Distributed Databases and Blockchain Technology in Payments. clearit, SIX, pp. 12-13.
https://www.six-group.com/interbank-clearing/dam/downloads/de/clearit/78/edition.pdf#page=12

Schär F. (2018), Blockchain-Diplome für Uni-Basel-Studierende? Basler Zeitung (May 2nd, 2018), p. 7. 

Berentsen A. & Schär F. (2018), Bitcoin und andere Kryptowährungen. Ius Inhouse, Juristische Fakultät der Universität Basel, pp. 8-9.
https://edoc.unibas.ch/68665/

Bolla L. & Schär F. (2018), Die Kryptonation Schweiz im Jahr 2050. Schweizer Monat, pp. 78-79.

Schär F. & Langer D. (2017), Smart Contracts: Eine missverstandene Technologie mit hohem Potenzial. Synpulse Magazine 3/17, pp. 38-41.

Berentsen A. & Schär F. (2016), Unsinnige Forderung nach Bargeld-Verbot. NZZ (January 4th, 2016).
https://www.nzz.ch/unsinnige-forderung-nach-einem-bargeldverbot-1.18671461