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Village Economic Accounts: Real and Financial Intertwined


  • Archawa Paweenawat
  • Robert M. Townsend


We propose a framework to create village economic and balance of payments accounts from a micro-level household survey. Using the Townsend Thai data, we create the accounts for villages in rural and semi-urban areas of Thailand. We then study these village economies as small open countries, exploring in particular the relationship between the real and financial variables. We examine cross-village risk-sharing and the Feldstein-Horioka puzzle. Our results suggest that within-village risk-sharing is better than across-village and, while there is smoothing in both, the mechanisms are different. We also find that, unlike countries, the cross-village capital markets are highly integrated.

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  • Archawa Paweenawat & Robert M. Townsend, 2012. "Village Economic Accounts: Real and Financial Intertwined," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 102(3), pages 441-446, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:102:y:2012:i:3:p:441-46

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    1. John Ameriks & Joseph Briggs & Andrew Caplin & Matthew D. Shapiro & Christopher Tonetti, 2016. "Late-in-Life Risks and the Under-Insurance Puzzle," NBER Working Papers 22726, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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