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William J. Luther is the director of AIER’s Sound Money project and an associate professor of economics at Florida Atlantic University. His research primarily focuses on the question of currency acceptance. He has published articles in leading Scholarly journals, including the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Inquiry, the Journal of Institutional Economics, Public Choice, and the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. His popular writings have been published in The Economist, Forbes and US News & World Report. His work has been featured in major media outlets including NPR, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Time Magazine, National Review, Fox Nation and Vice News.

Luther earned his MA and PhD. He holds a BA in Economics from George Mason University and a BA in Economics from Capitol University. She was a participant in the AIER Summer Fellowship Program in 2010 and 2011.

Selected publications

“Cash, Crime, and Cryptocurrency.” Co-author with Joshua R. Hendrickson. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (Upcoming).

“The independence of the central bank and the new operating regime of the Federal Reserve.” Jerry L. Co-author with Jordan. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (May 2022).

“Federal Reserve’s response to COVID-19 contraction: a preliminary assessment.” Nicholas Kachanowski, Brian Katsinger, Thomas L. Co-author with Hogan and Alexander W. Salter. Southern Economic Journal (March 2021).

“Is Bitcoin Money? And What Does That Mean?” Co-author with Peter K. Hazlett. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (August 2020).

“Is Bitcoin a Decentralized Payment Mechanism?” Co-author with Shawn Stein Smith. Institutional Economics Journal (March 2020).

“Money with endogenous matching and random cost choice.” Thomas L. Co-author with Hogan. BE Journal of Theoretical Economics (June 2019).

“Adaptation and central banking.” Co-author with Alexander W. Salter. Public choice (January 2019).

“Down from the ground: the case of Bitcoin.” Institutional Economics Journal (2019).

“Ban Bitcoin.” Co-author with Joshua R. Hendrickson. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2017).

“Bitcoin and Bailout.” Co-author with Alexander W. Salter. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (2017).

“The Political Economy of Bitcoin.” Co-authors with Joshua R. Hendrickson and Thomas L. Hogan. Economic research (2016).

“Cryptocurrency, network impact and switching costs.” Contemporary economic policy (2016).

“Positively valuable Fiat money after the disappearance of the sovereign: the case of Somalia.” Lawrence H. Co-author with White. Behavioral Economics Review (2016).

“The financial system of stateless Somalia.” Public choice (2015).

Books by William J. Luther

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