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