From the Smithsonian:
Ellen Feingold is the curator of the National Numismatic Collection—the national money collection—housed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She explains why she works with researchers from a variety of fields to help the museum document what is happening in money around the world…  The Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) at the University of California-Irvine is funding research on how new technologies of money are impacting the world’s poorest communities. This geographically diverse community of researchers works on a vibrant range of topics, such as how a rural community in Ghana considers their ancestors' beliefs when making decisions about the use of mobile money technology, the role of television comedy in increasing financial literacy in Cambodia, and the relationship between mobile money technologies and food production in rural Potosi, Bolivia. (To learn more about this year's conference, see this post on IMFTI's blog.)

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