IMF Inspired with Gillian Tett

Outlooks / Political economy

Gillian Tett on Anthropology for the Modern Economist


April 21, 2023

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In This Episode

Economists often share a common understanding of the world based on their training and what they’ve learned from other like-minded professionals. In this podcast, author and Financial Times journalist, Gillian Tett says anthropology offers insights into public policy challenges and helps economists better understand socioeconomic problems. IMF Deputy Secretary, Sabina Bhatia, sits down with Gillian Tett to discuss her recent book Anthro-Vision, a New Way to See in Business and in Life. The conversation took place before a live audience during the IMF and World Bank Group Spring Meetings.

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Read Gillian Tett's Listening To Social Silence in the IMF's Finance and Development magazine.


GILLIAN TETT is trained as a cultural anthropologist but now chairs the editorial board of the Financial Times, US. She is the author of Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business and Life.

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