I am very sad and feeling like life is way too short. I have long used and cited the “How Labor is Different than Broccoli” article. This argument was pointed out on the floor of Congress when we debated the first federal minimum wage in the United States. It still resonates.

AFEE has lost two great teacher-scholars within a year. Everyone, please take care and be well.


"If the time is not ripe, we have to ripen the time." -- Dorothy Height

Deborah M. Figart, Ph.D.
Professor of Education and Economics 
School of Education
The Richard Stockton College of NJ
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Just One More Hand: Life in the Casino Economy
Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life
Living Standards and Social Well-Being

From: Zdravka Todorova <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:58 PM
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Subject: Re: AW: [AFEEMAIL] Bob Prasch

All, I echo all words about Bob. He was generous with his time, and he was a wonderfully eloquent speaker. Just this past summer he wrote a fine review of a chapter from our edited book.  In 2012 he participated in a seminar at Wright State University - you can see the video of his absolutely great talk here:


It was always a pleasure to listen to him, as well as to read his informative and insightful work. I am sure students also have benefited enormously from having him as a teacher. He certainly got through our students when he visited us.

On many occasions I have used his article "How is Labor Different from Broccoli?" in my classes;   I know that a colleague is currently using his book on Markets in her class.

We lost a fine person...

In grief,


On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 11:42 AM, James Peach <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

The comments on Bob have been great –yes, he was bright, a great scholar, a great speaker, and had a great sense of humor.  I can only add that he was also very generous with his time and he always responded positively whenever I asked him to do something for AFEE –committee, panel, or whatever.  My emails to Bob almost always started with “I need x or y.”  He never seemed to mind.  A great loss.  


Jim Peach, Regents Professor and

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Department of Economics and International Business

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New Mexico State University

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Website:   http://business.nmsu.edu/~jpeach/



From: AFEEMAIL Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Zalewski, Dave
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 9:22 AM
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Bob was blessed with a keen intellect, a wonderful sense of humor, and was such an engaging speaker. His presentations were among the most memorable I witnessed. Such a loss!


Dave Zalewski

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On Jan 28, 2015, at 11:06 AM, Mayhew, Anne <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

This is such sad news.  I remember meeting Bob in New Orleans when he gave his first AFEE presentation.  We sat and talked for a long time afterwards.  The intelligence that he brought to the study of real economies impressed me greatly and continued to impress me over the years.  We have lost someone special.


From: AFEEMAIL Discussion List [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Wolfram Elsner [[log in to unmask]]
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Subject: [AFEEMAIL] AW: [AFEEMAIL] Bob Prasch


Sorry for late reaction. morning in Europe now. And this news first. What a shock!


Bob was in boston, few weeks ago …


We all here in Bremen lively remember that bob’s presidential address some years ago was among the best we had ever heard.


How sad …








Dr Wolfram Elsner

Professor of Economics, University of Bremen, Business Studies & Economics
iino – Institute of Institutional & Innovation Economics,

*  President, 2012-16, EAEPE—European Assoc for Evolutionary Political Economy.

*  Adjunct Prof, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Doctoral Faculty, Economics Dept.

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Von: AFEEMAIL Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Im Auftrag von Henry, John
Gesendet: Dienstag, 27. Januar 2015 22:49
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I'm very sorry to inform the AFEE community that Bob Prasch died this past weekend. I'm waiting for information from the chair of the Middlebury department and will pass this on when I have it.


John F. Henry

Department of Economics

University of Missouri-Kansas City

5100 Rockhill Road

Kansas City, MO 64110-2449