Brandt Foundation Lectures

2018-2019 Speaker

William J. Luther

“Is Bitcoin a Bubble?”

  • When: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Student Union Jordan Ballroom at Boise State
  • Cost: Free and no tickets are required. No charge parking will be provided near the Student Union Building in the parking garage at Lincoln Avenue and University Drive


William J. Luther is an assistant professor of economics at Florida Atlantic University, director of the American Institute for Economic Research’s Sound Money Project, and an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. Prior to arriving at Florida Atlantic, he was an assistant professor of economics at Kenyon College in Ohio. In July 2018, he was ranked 21st on the Social Science Research Network’s Top 8,000 Economics Authors.

Luther’s research focuses primarily on questions of currency acceptance, including the acceptance of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. He has published articles in leading scholarly journals, including Journal of Economic Behavior & OrganizationEconomic InquiryJournal of Institutional EconomicsPublic Choice, and Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. His popular works have appeared in The EconomistForbes, and U.S. News & World Report. He has been cited by major media outlets, including NPR, VICE News, and Al Jazeera.

His research on Bitcoin includes “Getting Off the Ground: The Case of Bitcoin” in Journal of Institutional Economics, “Regulating Bitcoin: On What Grounds? In Journal of New Finance, “Is Bitcoin Intrinsically Worthless?” in Journal of Private Enterprise, “Banning Bitcoin” in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, “Cryptocurrencies, Network Effects, and Switching Costs” in Contemporary Economic Policy, “The Political Economy of Bitcoin” in Economic Inquiry, and “Bitcoin and the Future of Digital Payments” in Independent Review.

William J. Luther earned his Ph.D. in Economics at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia in 2012 and his B.A. in Economics at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio in 2008.

Learn more about Luther at his website. 

The Brandt Foundation Lectures at Boise State University are made possible by the generosity of the John H. & Orah I. Brandt Foundation. The purpose of the Brandt Foundation Lectures is to bring noted speakers to our campus who have made important contributions to public understanding of individual liberty, free markets, limited government, and the Constitution. Beginning with the 2004 inaugural lecture by Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan, the Brandt Foundation Lectures have attracted large audiences and contributed significantly to Boise State University and the larger community. The annual lectures are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Free parking is provided in marked areas on the night of the event.

The Brandt Professor

In December 2003 the Brandt Foundation established the first named professorship for a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at Boise State University, selecting Dr. Charlotte Twight to be the Brandt Professor of Free Enterprise Capitalism. As part of that professorship, the Brandt Foundation provides funding to bring important speakers to our campus annually under the auspices of the Brandt Foundation Lectures. Dr. Twight retired in Spring 2018 and the Professorship is currently vacant.

Dr. Charlotte Twight