PIER Research Funding
To increase economic knowledge and the understanding of the Thai economy and to support distinguished researchers to produce high-quality research, PIER provides funding for policy-relevant research on the Thai economy in each year.
Joint Project on the Development of Knowledge on Socioeconomic Aspects of Thai Households
Currently, PIER has partnered with the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) to support the “Joint Project on the Development of Knowledge on Socioeconomic Aspects of Thai Households”. This project focuses on building a household panel data set that will allow researchers to study key issues such as household finance—including rural household risk management, rural household debt, financial or credit constraints of small businesses and households—aging society, income inequality and poverty that have direct implications for the economic and social development of the country. This project has received academic collaboration from Professor Robert M. Townsend, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who is an expert on economic development, monetary and fiscal economics, and economic theory. He has been studying Thai households for over 18 years. Further details can be found at http://riped.utcc.ac.th/panel