Dr. Angelino Viceisza, Associate Professor of Economics, was awarded $299,797 from the National Science Foundation for his collaborative research project entitled, “Excellence in Research: The impact of online comparison websites on the remittance industry” with Duke University. Dr. Viceisza recognizes the significance that migrant remittances play in global development. This study will be (one of) the first to attempt a rigorous assessment of the causal impact of remittance-comparison websites on both the demand and supply sides of the industry. The study will combine field experiments, surveys, and (welfare) simulations/structural modeling using data from 500-600 migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala. Mexico, and/or India at multiple points in time. A Spelman student will work with Dr. Viceisza as a research assistant each year, in an attempt to build critical thinking/research skills. This student will also be paired with a graduate student at Duke in order to strengthen technical skills (such as coding and modeling) and gain perspective into the life of a graduate student.