Andrew Chen, PhD

Founding Contributor and Principal Economist



Dr. Andrew Chen is a Founding Contributor and Principal Economist of Unitas Foundation. He is also a DeFi Researcher at XREX Inc. Before XREX, Andrew served as an Economist and Data Scientist at Kuaishou Technology, where he regularly derived business insights by conducting causal inference to quantitatively assess the performances of various business actions. With a strong background in microeconomic theory and statistics, Andrew’s research interests within the crypto and DeFi space revolve around, but not limited to, the following directions: stablecoin models, tokenomic mechanism design, voting mechanism and rule design. Also, Andrew has crypto papers in progress (for publications in academic journals) and he is aiming to contribute to the crypto space by serving as a bridge between crypto practice and (useful or insightful) academic foundations.


  • XREX Feb 2022 - present | Taipei DeFi Researcher

  • Kuaishou Technology Mar 2021 - Jan 2022 | Beijing Economist & Data Scientist

  • University of Washington 2016 - 2020 | Seattle Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant


  • University of Washington 2014 - 2020 Ph.D., Economics Master, Statistics Honored with Fulbright Grants

  • National Taiwan University NTU 2008 - 2010 Master, Mathematics

  • National Chengchi University NCCU 2003 - 2007 Bachelor, Economics

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