MIT Press interviewed Professor Townsend about his book, "Chronicles from the Field: The Townsend Thai Project," which he wrote with Sombat Sakuthasathian and Rob Jordan.
"Running since 1997 and continuing today, the Townsend Thai Project has tracked millions of observations about the economic activities of households and institutions in rural and urban Thailand. The project represents one of the most extensive datasets in the developing world. 'Chronicles from the Field' offers an account of the design and implementation of this unique panel data survey. It tells the story not only of the origins and operations of the project but also of the challenges and rewards that come from a search to understand the process of a country’s economic development. In an interview, Robert Townsend provides an update on this innovative project."