Associate Professor of Economics at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
Tee Kilenthong received a Bachelor Degree in Engineering (First Class Honor with Gold Medal) from Chulalongkorn Univeristy and a Master Degree in Physics from the same university. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2006, where he studied under Professor Robert M. Townsend. He was working as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California at Santa Barbara between 2006 and 2010.
He is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Economics at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) and Director of Research Institute for Policy Evaluation and Design (RIPED). His research interests include growth and development, macroeconomics, contract theory, financial economics, labor and education economics.
His current research focuses on early childhood and human capital development. His important long-term research project is the RIECE Thailand, which aims to promote high quality early chilhood education, based on the HighScope approach, in Thailand, and to better understand how human capital has been formed since early childhood.
American economist and Nobel laureate James J. Heckman’s study on early childhood development found that a high quality primary education can reduce inequality. Investing in young children aged from birth up to six years would yield a return worth 7 to 12 times more in later years. Speaking economically, the earlier the investment, the higher the return.
Session Information: Session 3A: Equity Based Education: Economic Cost and Impact on Investment Mr. Michael Cacich, Educate A Child, Qatar Mr. Eric Hanushek, Stanford University, U.S.A Dr. Weerachart T. Kilenthong, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Thailand Moderator: Dr. Pumsaran Tongliemnak, Equitable Education Fund, Thailand Scope: Investing in human capital is critical, both for individuals and […]