Edward F. Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is also the founder of Maní+, a program in Guatemala that develops and produces locally sourced complementary foods to fight malnutrition. He has written and edited several books, including Cultural Logics and Global Economies, Broccoli and Desire, and Cash on the Table. His new book, The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing is being published by Stanford University Press.

Anthropological Observations . . . on economics, politics, and daily life

Anthropological Observations . . . on economics, politics, and daily life

Talking About The Good Life, with Bart Victor and Sten Vermund

Author: Ted Fischer | Posted: November 11, 2014, 1:56 pm

Measures for the Good Life: Stated Preferences and the Greater Good

The goal of the economy, politics, and social institutions should be to promote wellbeing among people as broadly as possible. Yet, the questions remain: what exactly is wellbeing? and, How do we measure it for public policy purposes?

Economists privilege revealed preferences (what we actually do) as more true than ...
Author: Ted Fischer | Posted: November 3, 2014, 10:06 pm

Merle Hazard on the Fed's Dual Mandate

Merle Hazard's new single, Dual Mandate, entertains and elucidates as he explains the Federal Reserve's core tension: "Rich folks like to see the currency strong / But the average Joe’s not overjoyed if he’s destitute, and unemployed." Check out the PBS report, with cometary from Paul Krugman and Charles Calomiris,...
Author: Ted Fischer | Posted: October 30, 2014, 2:03 pm