How a Health Care Plan Quickly Lowered Infant Mortality in ThailandMIT NewsApril 30, 2014
A new paper, "The Great Equalizer: Health Care Access and Infant Mortality in Thailand", finds that improved hospital access lowered the infant death rate among Thailand's poor within a year. In this article, Peter Dizikes of MIT News Office, interviews Nathaniel Hendren and Robert M. Townsend, co-authors with Jonathan Gruber, to to find out more about this dramatic shift.
The Urban/Rural Divide is Less Divided Than You ThinkFinancial Access Initiative BlogNovember 5, 2013
This blog post by Alicia Brindisi discusses Robert M. Townsend's recent paper, "Accounting for the Poor", and explores ideas related to the lifecycle and consumption needs of the urban and rural poor. While rural poverty is a persistent problem in Thailand and in other developing countries, Brindisi suggests that it should be addressed within the context of urbanization in order to acknowledge the interconnectedness of rural and urban populations.
Infrastructure Spending in Thailand: Fast Train ComingThe EconomistOctober 14, 2013
This article explores planned large-scale infrastructure -- including high speed rail -- and stimulus spending in Thailand. Opponents of the program have called for fiscal prudence and have questioned the amount of public debt it would require. MIT Professor Robert M. Townsend points out, however, that average debt-to-asset ratios are low and have been decreasing since 2006, a fact which suggests that concerns about spending are overstated.
Trailer for "Emerging Thailand: The Spirit of Small Enterprise" Documentary Releasedwww.EmergingThailand.orgOctober 3, 2013
Drawing lessons on more than 15 years of fieldwork conducted by Robert M. Townsend, this documentary reveals the emerging spirit and dynamism of the Thai people and shares extraordinary observations about the nature of emerging markets, what makes entrepreneurs successful, how their communities support them, and the large role they play in national growth and the creation of wealth.
Book Review: Chronicles from the Field: The Townsend Thai ProjectLondon School of Economics Review of BooksAugust 15, 2013
Joana Lenihan reviews "Chronicles from the Field: The Townsend Thai Project." In her review, she notes, "(The) book gives us valuable insights on the running of such a project and is written in an honest fashion, which will appeal to readers from a wide variety of disciplines, and to both academic and non-academic readers alike."