Dr. Saifedean Ammous


Dr. Saifedean Ammous is an associate professor of economics at Adnan Kassar School of Business , and a foreign member of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University. 

He obtained his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University in New York, which studied the science and economics of environmental and energy policy-making, using bio-fuels as a case study. He also holds an MA and MPhil in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, an MSc in Development Management from London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

Dr. Ammous conducts research and consultations for various organizations and lectures on economics to professionals and civil servants. He is also the author of The Bitcoin Standard, published by Wiley in 2018. 

Teaching Interests

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • International Economics
  • Development Economics

Research Interests

  • Bitcoin
  • Monetary Economics
  • Energy Economics

Selected Publications

Ammous, Saifedean. 2018. The Bitcoin Standard: Sound Money in a Digital Age. Wiley, New Jersey, NJ.

Ammous, Saifedean. 2018. “Blockchain Technology: What is it Good for?” Banking & Finance Law Review. Issue 1, Volume 33.3,

Ammous, Saifedean. 2018. “Can Bitcoin’s Volatility Be Tamed?” The Journal of Structured Finance. Vol.24, Issue 2, Spring 2018

Ammous, Saifedean. 2018. “Can Cryptocurrencies Fulfil The Functions of Money?” Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. Forthcoming.

Ammous, Saifedean. 2018. “Slowdown: Aviation and modernity’s loss of dynamism”. Journal of Applied Business and Economics. Volume 20(6).

Ammous, Saifedean. 2017. “Why do biofuel LCA’s produce no conclusive results?”. Emergence: Complexity and Organization. Volume 19. Issue 1

Ammous, Saifedean. 2017. “Lifecycle assessment of biofuel production.” Emergence: Complexity and Organization. Volume 19. Issue 3

Ammous, Saifedean. 2015. “Economics beyond Financial Intermediation: Digital currencies’ potential for growth, poverty alleviation and international development.” Journal of Private Enterprise, 30(3): Fall 2015: 19-50.

Ammous, Saifedean and Edmund Phelps. 2015. “Climate Change, the Knowledge Problem and the Good Life”. The Journal of Private Enterprise, Spring 2015, 30(1): 35-44.