UCLA International Institute Global Fellow, 2006-07
Published: Thursday, August 31, 2006Krislert Samphantharak is Assistant Professor of Economics and Charles Robins Faculty Scholar at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2003. His research focuses on corporate finance and economic development, especially in Southeast Asia. Recent papers include "Mixing Families with Business: A Study of Thai Business Groups and the Families behind Them" (with Marianne Bertrand, Simon Johnson, and Antoinette Schoar) and "Households as Corporate Firms: Constructing Financial Statements from Household Surveys" (with Robert Townsend). As a Global Fellow at UCLA in 2006-07, Samphantharak continued working on projects on family business in emerging economies and the roles of family networks and finance on economic development in rural Thai villages. He also plans to complete a book on "Comparative Economic Development of Southeast Asia."