Haiti's economy (this page is work in progress...)


Sidney Mintz on Haiti's Rural Economies (starts at 5:30)


Mark Schuller on why post-earthquake Aid work in Haiti was ineffective

Sidney Mintz on Haitian creolization (Starts at 13:30)


Documentary (in French) on post-earthquake AID efforts in Haiti [by Raoul Peck]



Podcast on Development aid in Haiti


Podcast series on the Haitian economy



Reading Lists


Beckett, G. (2017). "A Dog's Life: Suffering Humanitarianism in Port-au-Prince, Haiti." American Anthropologist 119(1): 35-45.

Caple James, E. (2012). "Witchcraft, bureaucraft, and the social life of (US)AID in Haiti." Cultural Anthropology 27(1): 50-75.

Minn, Pierre. (2016). Components of a Moral Economy: Interest, Credit, and Debt in Haiti’s Transnational Health Care System. American Anthropologist 118(1), 78-90. 

Neiburg, Federico. 2017. A true coin of their dreams: Imaginary monies in Haiti. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. 6(1), 75-93.

Schuller, M. (2007). "Invasino or Infusion? Understanding the ROle of NGOs in Contemporary Haiti." Journal of Haitian Studies 13(2): 96-119. [macro overview of NGOs]

Schuller, M. (2007). "Haiti's 200-Year Ménage-à-Trois: Globalization, the State, and Civil Society." Caribbean Studies 35(1): 141-179. [longue-durée history]

Schuller, M. (2009). "Gluing Globalization: NGOs as Intermediaries in Haiti." PoLAR - Political and Legal Anthropology Review 32(1): 84-104. [qualitative analysis of NGOs]

History & Political Economy

Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick. Haiti: The Breached Citadel.  Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, 2004 [1994]. [Chapter 3: Modernization and Dependence & 4 The Haitian Economy and the National Security State]

Katz, Jonathan. The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. [Chapter 2: Love Theme from Titanic]

Lemay-Hébert, N. (2014). "Resistance in the Time of Cholera: The Limits of Stabilization through Securitization in Haiti." International Peacekeeping 21(2): 198-213.


Shamsie, Y. (2009). "Export processing zones: The purported glimmer in Haiti's development murk." Review of International Political Economy 16(4): 649-672.

World Bank. (2015) Haiti Toward a new narrative: Systemic country diagnostic. Online at: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/642131467992805241/Haiti-Toward-a-new-narrative-systematic-country-diagnostic

World Bank. (2016). Haiti: Let's talk competition. A brief review of Market Conditions. Online at: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/23925/K8613.pdf?sequence=2&isAllowed=y

Further Reading & Popular works

NYT on the construction of garment factories with earthquake relief money: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/06/world/americas/earthquake-relief-where-haiti-wasnt-broken.html?pagewanted=all

Gradhiva, Revue d'Anthropologie et d'Histoire des Arts. 2005. Special issue: Haiti et l'Anthropologie. http://journals.openedition.org/gradhiva/68