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Angelino Viceisza Receives $200K NSF Grant to Introduce Students to Graduate Studies

November 2018

Spelman Faculty Excellence Angelino ViceiszaAngelino Viceisza, Ph.D., associate professor of economics, was awarded a $299,797 grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project that will study migrant money transfers. The project, “Excellence in Research: The impact of online comparison websites on the remittance industry,” will be in collaboration with Duke University.

The National Science Foundation provides funding through cooperative agreements and grants to various institutions (elementary schools, colleges, businesses, etc). According to the NSF, the foundation receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which approximately 11,000 are funded.

As part of the project, a Spelman student will work as a research assistant each year for the three-year period of the project alongside Dr. Viceisza, as well as be paired with a graduate student from Duke. The pairing will allow the Spelman student the opportunity to sharpen their technical skills while also gaining perspective into graduate study.

“Migrant money transfers play a significant role in global development,” said Dr. Viceisza. “This study will be the first to rigorously assess the causal impact of websites that compare money-transfer companies across fees and delivery speed on the demand and supply sides of the industry.”