An award that honors an individual with strong education and research ties to Ohio State is coming full circle, as Isil Erel was named the recipient of the 2023 Bradford-Osborne Research Award.

Erel, the David A. Rismiller Chair in Finance at Fisher, and her colleague Jack Liebersohn, assistant professor of economics at the University of California-Irvine, received the honor for their paper, “Can FinTech reduce disparities in access to finance? Evidence from the Paycheck Protection Program.”

The award, which is presented annually by the research committee at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, recognizes excellence in scholarly research on entrepreneurship and business ownership by under-represented minority individuals, families and communities in the U.S.

“It is an honor to be recognized with the Bradford-Osborne Research Award,” said Erel, who also serves as the academic director of the Risk Institute. “Jack and I are glad to see our work associated with the tremendous accomplishments of William “Bill” Bradford and Alfred “Al” Osborne Jr., who, through their research, have served as champions for better understanding diversity, entrepreneurship and business.”

“It is our hope that our research will spark thoughtful discussion and examination of how fintech can be better utilized to serve all individuals proportionally.”

The award was named for Bradford, emeritus dean and professor at Foster. Bradford earned his MBA at Ohio State in 1968 and his PhD in 1972. Osborne is the founder and faculty director emeritus of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the UCLA Anderson School of Management where he is also a professor emeritus of global economics, management and entrepreneurship.

The 2023 Bradford-Osborne Research Award will be presented at UW on June 5.




Isil Erel Professor of Finance, David A. Rismiller Chair in Finance , Academic Director, Risk Institute
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