Ford Seminar

Ford Seminar - Cutting Out the Middleman: Evidence from the Amazon


Joe Kaboski
David F. and Erin M. Seng Foundation Professor of Economics

Deep in the Amazon region of Brazil, indigenous communities fish a 10-foot, 100+pound prehistoric air-breathing fish called a pirarucu. The supply chain to get the perishable fish to market is long, difficult, and run by a cartel that gives very low prices to the actual fishermen. Working with a local NGO, Notre Dame intervened to give communities there own boats for transportation, freezers, and marketing possibilities in order to bypass the cartel. The ongoing project is to evaluate the impact of this intervention on the lives of the community members.

The Ford Program Research Seminar Series meets monthly, providing faculty members doing research supported by or related to the Ford Program's mission the chance to share their work, whether in early, middle or late stages of development. It is an opportunity for colleagues to come together in a friendly atmosphere to offer constructive feedback and perhaps come away with some new ideas for our own human development/human dignity-related research. The Seminar hopes to build intellectual community around the Ford Program's mission of conducting research that promises to deepen our understanding of human dignity and enhance the effectiveness of efforts to promote integral human development.