Cellphone records can lead to loans

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Analyzing cell phone data could help banks predict good potential loan recipients, says PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Economics Daniel Björkegren. His research was discussed in an article in NewScience, “Your smartphone’s secrets could help you bag a bank loan,” after he presented his work at the NetMob conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Using phone records from Haiti, Björkegren developed an algorithm to help banks choose the best candidates for loans.

(Distributed April 30, 2015)

White awarded Global Mobility grant

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate and Professor of Sociology Michael White has been awarded one of the seven inaugural Global Mobility Program: Faculty Research grants for his project, “Migrant Adjustment in South Africa.” The grant comes from the Office of Global Engagement, which created the program to support faculty who are doing research abroad and those working with international partner institutions. The grants fund projects that reflect Brown University’s Building on Distinction strategic plan themes.

(Distributed April 29, 2015)
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