The Townsend Thai Project


The Townsend Thai project aims to bridge academic research and policy creation by bringing together one of the most detailed and longest running panel datasets in the developing world collected by the Thai Family Research Project and secondary data archived by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) for researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the University of Chicago, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and other prominent universities around the world.

Weaving silk in the Bo Sang village. Photo by Flickr user Distra. Fried bananas, a popular treat in Thailand’s floating markets. Planting season for rice farmers in rural Thailand. Umbrella frames at a small umbrella factory in Chiang Mai. Photo by Flickr user Distra.

Data Archive

This website contains a link to the publicly accessible archive for the Townsend Thai Data, a panel database derived from micro surveys designed from a theoretical perspective. Please click on the Data Archive button in the navigation menu for more information.

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