I am a microeconomist with an interest in market design, primarily in contracts, auctions, and contests.
My main task is to analyze the upcoming parachain auctions. I am also interested in questions pertaining to token price formation and the incentives involved in proof-of-stake protocols.
I hold a PhD from the University of Basel. I spent postdoc years at Duke University, Basel, Zurich, and St. Gallen.
Recent Crypto-Related Working Papers
Utility Token Design. Working Paper, November 2021.
Front-Running, Smart Contracts, and Candle Auctions (with Alistair Stewart). Working Paper, Mai 2021.
Working for References (with Curtis Taylor). Accepted for Publication at American Economic Journal: Microeconomics.
On Young Turks and Yes Men: Optimal Contracting for Advice (with Curtis Taylor). Accepted for Publication at The RAND Journal of Economics.
Eternal Peace in the Tug-of-War?. Economic Theory, 2020 (online first).
Sorting in Iterated Incumbency Contests (with Georg Nöldeke). Economic Theory, 2019 (online first).
Stable Biased Sampling. Games and Economic Behavior, 107, 2018, pp. 109-122.
A Tug-of-War Team Contest. Games and Economic Behavior, 104, 2017, pp. 372-391.
Payoff Shares in Two-Player Contests (with Georg Nöldeke). Games, Volume 7(3), 2016, p. 25.
For more information, see my personal webpage at samuelhaefner.github.io.