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Krislert Samphantharak

Associate Professor of Economics

krislert@ucsd.edu

Phone:
(858) 534-0627
Fax: (858) 534-3939

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519

Office: #1307

Education

Ph.D. and A.M., University of Chicago, 2003 (Economics)
B.A., Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 1998 (Economics, First Class Honors with a Gold Medal)

Programs and Centers

Southeast Asia Regional Concentration Program
International Development and Nonprofit Management Career Track
International Economics Career Track
International Management Career Track

Biography

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Professor Krislert Samphantharak's research applies frameworks and theories in corporate finance and asset pricing to study household finance in developing economies. His current research on village economies in Thailand looks at household's occupation diversification, volatility and smoothing of household income and consumption, and risks and returns on household assets. He also studies the role of family and networks in family businesses and corporate restructuring in emerging economies. Other research interests include the effect of unpredictable corruption on firm investment, the effect of sales tax on gasoline prices, the effect of firm's lobby spending on its effective tax rate, and economic development of economies in Southeast Asia.

Samphantharak's recent book, "Households as Corporate Firms: An Analysis of Household Finance Using Integrated Household Surveys and Corporate Financial Accounting," is available from Cambridge University Press.

Perspectives

Samphantharak can provide commentary about finance and development, family businesses, business groups in East Asia, and formal and informal financial institutions in village economies.

Expertise

Samphantharak has expertise in the areas of economic development, corporate finance, corporate governance, business groups, family business, and economic development of Southeast Asia.

Current Projects

Samphantharak's research applies frameworks and theories in corporate finance and asset pricing to study household finance in developing economies. His current research on village economies in Thailand looks at household's occupation diversification, volatility and smoothing of household income and consumption, and risks and returns on household assets. He also studies the role of family and networks in family businesses and corporate restructuring in emerging economies. Other research interests include the effect of unpredictable corruption on firm investment, the effect of sales tax on gasoline prices, the effect of firm's lobby spending on its effective tax rate, and economic development of economies in Southeast Asia.

Background Notes

Samphantharak joined IR/PS in 2003.

Publications of Note

Book

"Households as Corporate Firms: An Analysis of Household Finance Using Integrated Household Surveys and Corporate Financial Accounting," (with Robert M. Townsend), Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Articles

“Heterogeneity and Risk Sharing in Village Economies,” (with Pierre-Andre Chiappori, Sam Schulhofer-Wohl, and Robert M. Townsend), Quantitative Economics, forthcoming.

“Measuring Rate of Return on Household Enterprises: What Matters Most for Whom?,” (with Robert M. Townsend), Journal of Development Economics, May 2012.

“Impact of the Universal Health Care Coverage on Patient Demand for Health Care Services in Thailand,” (with Kannika Thampanishvong, Jirawat Panpiemras, and Thitima Puttitanun), Health Policy, December 2011.

“The Rise of China and Foreign Direct Investment from Southeast Asia,” Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Special Issue on China and Southeast Asia: Political and Economic Interactions, September 2011.

"Edgeworth Cycles Revisited," (with Joseph J. Doyle, Jr. and Erich J. Muehlegger), Energy Economics, May 2010.

"Lobbying and Taxes," (with Brian K. Richter and Jeffrey F. Timmons), American Journal of Political Science, October 2009.

Predictable Corruption and Firm Investment: Evidence from a Natural Experiment and Survey of Cambodian Entrepreneurs,” (with Edmund Malesky), Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 2008, 3: 227–267.

"Mixing Family with Business: A Study of Thai Business Groups and the Families behind Them," (with Marianne Bertrand, Simon Johnson, and Antoinette Schoar), Journal of Financial Economics, June 2008.

"$2.00 Gas! Studying the Effects of Gas Tax Moratorium," (with Joseph J. Doyle, Jr.), Journal of Public Economics, April 2008.

Book Project on Economic Development of Southeast Asia

Samphantharak is currently preparing a book manuscript on Economic Development of Southeast Asia for the MIT Press. Preliminary versions of selected chapters from the manuscript are available here.