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Jonas Gehrlein

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Jonas has joined the team of the Web3 Foundation at the beginning of July 2020 as a research scientist, where he focuses on economic questions regarding the Polkadot and Kusama ecosystem. In particular, he analyzes and optimizes the interplay between human behavior and the protocol. By doing so, he applied insights from Psychology and Behavioral Economics. For his studies, he uses empirical and experimental data.

Short Biography: Before joining W3F, Jonas earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral and Experimental Economics from the University of Bern, where he investigated human behavior in markets and organizations. Before that, he obtained an MSc degree in Quantitative Economics at the University of Konstanz.

Polkadot-related Publications

Academic Publications:

  • Gehrlein, Jonas, et al. "An active preference learning approach to aid the selection of validators in blockchain environments." Omega 118 (2023): 102869.

  • Gehrlein, J. (2019). Experimental evidence on human choices in organizations and markets (Doctoral dissertation, Universität Bern).

  • von Bieberstein, F., Gehrlein, J., & Güntner, A. (2020). Teamwork revisited: Social preferences and knowledge acquisition in the field. Journal of Business Economics, 1-24.

  • Gehrlein, J., Crede, AK. & Adrian, N. (2020). The impact of markets on moral reasoning: Evidence from an online experiment. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 101577.

  • von Bieberstein, Frauke and Crede, Ann-Kathrin and Dietrich, Jan and Gehrlein, Jonas and Neumann, Oliver and Stürmer, Matthias, Otree: Implementing Websockets to Allow for Real-Time Interactions – a Continuous Double Auction Market as First Application (April 29, 2019). Available at SSRN: (Working Paper)