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Chronicles from the Field: The Townsend Thai Project by Robert M. Townsend, Sombat Sakunthasathien and Rob Jordan

Published By: Cambridge and London: MIT Press
ISBN: 978-0-262-01907-1
Date of Publication: 2013


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Reviewed by: Paul Glewwe of University of Minnesota
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.52.1.211.r3
Review Pages: 215-17

Book Review Abstract

Paul Glewwe of University of Minnesota reviews, "Chronicles from the Field: The Townsend Thai Project" by Robert M. Townsend, Sombat Sakunthasathien and Rob Jordan . The Econlit abstract of this book begins: "Explores the personal and intellectual process of how the Townsend Thai Project originated and became one of the longest-running development surveys of its kind. Discusses discovering a country and a collaborator; the baseline survey—60,000 questions in two months; the annual resurveys—the financial crisis and beyond; the monthly surveys; developing the information systems—local knowledge and global technologies; dreams and reality—expanding the project; forging new ground—expanding to urban areas; and looking back—reflections of a survey veteran."


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C83: Survey Methods; Sampling Methods
O22: Project Analysis


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