Welcome to the Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion (IMTFI). Established in 2008, the Institute is housed in the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. It is a leading research center on the consumer side of financial technology--everything from mobile money to AI-driven alternative credit scoring. We focus on the everyday use and implications of these new technologies: how people engage, refuse, modify, hack, and share them, and how they in turn influence people's understandings of money, value, justice, even faith. Read on here.
- The IMTFI Edited Collection: MONEY AT THE MARGINS: Global Perspectives on Technology, Financial Inclusion and Design edited by Bill Maurer, Smoki Musaraj, and Ivan Small. Introduction available online.
- PAID: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff edited by Bill Maurer and Lana Swartz.
Because money makes the world go 'round
March 24, 2020
Bill Maurer, social sciences dean and anthropology professor, explains money's many meanings, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic and times of crisis, in this piece for the Consortium of Social Science Associations
Even if they disappear into the dustbin of payment arcana tomorrow, signature pads should not escape our notice, says Bill Maurer, UCI social sciences dean and anthropology and law professor, in this piece for MIT Press Reader