Intergenerational Transmission of Time Preferences: An Evidence from Rural Thailand

joint with Suparee Boonmanunt, Sartja Duangchaiyoosook, Wasinee Jantorn and Varunee Khruapradit


This study investigates the association between child and caregiver time preferences in rural Thailand. We find that caregiver discount factor is positively correlated to a child’s ability to delay gratification, indicating that patient caregivers are more likely to have patient children. This correlation exists regardless of whether the caregiver is a biological parent or not. However, some evidence suggests genetic contribution in intergenerational transmission of time preferences: this correlation is stronger when both biological parents live at home than when none is present, and mother's time preferences are stronger correlated with child time preferences than grandmother's.

Keyword: time preferences; field experiment; intergenerational transmission; skill formation, genetics

Working paper version as of May 6, 2022


Learning Losses from School Closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic for Thai Kindergartners

joint with Khanista Boonsanong, Sartja Duangchaiyoosook, Wasinee Jantorn and Varunee Khruapradit 

Economics of Education Review


Working paper version as of March 10, 2022

Material Incentive Motivation and Working Memory Performance of Kindergartners: A Large-Scale Randomized Controlled Trial

joint with Warabud Suppalarkbunlue, Sartja Duangchaiyoosook, and Varunee Khruapradit

Journal of Experimental Child Psychology


Working paper version as of August 30, 2022

The Role of Caregiver Time Preferences, Child Behavioral Problems and Community Risks on Parenting Style

joint with Ahmad Shabir Faizi

Southeast Asian Journal of Economics

Vol.10, No.3 pp. 135-162.

Working paper version as of May 9, 2022


Tee Kilenthong is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) and Director of the Research Institute for Policy Evaluation and Design (RIPED). His research interests include human capital, human development, development economics, macroeconomics, contract theory, and financial economics.

His current research focuses on early childhood and human development. One long-term research project is the Thailand Childhood Longitudinal Survey (TCLS), collecting detailed information regarding human development since early childhood. Another is the RIECE Thailand project, which promotes the HighScope approach to enhance the quality of early childhood education nationwide.

He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2006, where he studied under Professor Robert M. Townsend. He received a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honor with Gold Medal) from Chulalongkorn University and a Master of Physics from the same university. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California at Santa Barbara between 2006 and 2010.