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May 1, 2013Evaluation of the Financial Systems of Developing Countries: A Policy Algorithm Using Theory and Data...
April 11, 2013Book details how economist Robert Townsend has spent two decades in rural Thailand, exploring the links between household finances and economic growth.
MIT News interviews CFSP Faculty Director Robert M. Townsend about his new book Chronicles from the Field and how he began researching Thai village economies in the early 1990s, forging lasting relationships.
March 28, 2013
Chicago Screening of Thailand Documentary Slated for May 16 on the University of Chicago Campus
(March 28, 2013—Chicago, IL) The Chicago premiere of Emerging Thailand: The Spirit of Small Enterprise—a documentary detailing the 15 years Prof. Robert...
March 22, 2013
Boston Screening of Thailand Documentary Slated for April 23 on MIT Campus
(March 22, 2013) The Boston premiere of Emerging Thailand: The Spirit of Small Enterprise—a documentary detailing the 15 years Prof. Robert M. Townsend has spent...
March 15, 2013
CFSP member Abhijit Banerjee shared the stage with India's chief economic adviser, Raghuram Rajan, at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi. They both urged India to create new ways to make that country's economy grow. Banerjee was more pessimistic about the pace of recovery in...
March 5, 2013
March 5, 2013How Indirect and Direct Punishments Affect Repayments
Q. How do you describe your research project and the questions you’re seeking to answer to non-economists?
A. My research project focused on the informal savings and credit groups located in Dar es Salaam, the business city of Tanzania. The principal motive was to investigate the ways in...
January 22, 2013
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal’s blog, “India Real Time,” featured CFSP member Abhijit Banerjee in a discussion of India’s overhaul of its social programs. The article highlighted Banerjee’s research into the best ways to identify the poor for...
January 14, 2013
CFSP member Abhijit Banerjee was featured in Business Day, along with fellow economist Esther Duflo, for his analysis of the role of the middle class in developing countries. The article cites Banerjee and Duflo in its discussion of Nigeria’s middle class and its potential...
January 1, 2013