Nihar Shah

Nihar Shah

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Nihar Shah is the Head of Data Science at Mysten Labs, where he currently works on questions at the intersection of cryptocurrency and experimentation. He has also worked at Jump Crypto and on Meta's Libra/Diem project, as an economist. Prior to his work in cryptocurrency, he worked on experimentation projects, particularly for Meta's advertising and payments platforms. Nihar graduated from Harvard in 2018 with a PhD in Economics.

Research Areas

  • Cryptocurrency
  • Experimentation
  • Fintech


  • Harvard University, PhD in Economics, 2018
  • Harvard University, AM in Economics, 2014
  • Harvard University, AM in Statistics, 2011
  • Harvard University, AB in Economics, 2011

Prior Experience

  • Head of Data Science, Mysten Labs
  • Researcher, Jump Crypto
  • Economist, Meta
  • Fellow, Data Science for Social Good Fellowship
  • Equity Derivatives Trader, D.E. Shaw

Awards & Distinctions

  • Harvard University Distinction in Teaching, 2009 - 2016

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2010

Selected Publications

  • Shah, Nihar (2022), "Doubly heterogeneous monetary spillovers," International Finance 25(2), 126-150.