Since 1991, Colloredo-Mansfeld has worked in the Ecuadorian Andes on artisan economies, competition, commodities, consumer cultures, producer associations and development programs. In his first book, The Native Leisure Class (1999, Chicago) he documents the transnational economy of indigenous artisans. In Fighting like a Community (2009, Chicago) he examines the ways that rural councils and urban trade associations mobilize to protect marketplaces, to develop local infrastructure, and to fight free trade policies. His current research compares two provincial Andean apparel economies; one focused on indigenous artisan goods and the other anchored in an old factory town and dedicated national markets in fashionable casual wear. Working with an artisan union and the chamber of commerce, the project examines local cooperation, product innovation, and public cultural investments.