(Thai: อัมมาร สยามวาลา) is one of Thailand
's most prominent economists. His ancestors were Indians who immigrated and founded a local stationary business, .
Ammar attended St. Paul's School, Darjeeling
in India, he went on to receive a B.Sc. in Economics
from the London School of Economics
and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University
. His teachers at Harvard were Alexander Gerschenkron
, Wassily Leontief
and Edward Chamberlin
He began his career as an assistant professor and research staff economist at Department of Economics, Yale University
before moving to Faculty of Economics Thammasat University
as a Rockefeller Scholar at the advice of Dr. Puey
who was then dean of faculty. Like Dr. Puey
and other scholars, Ammar left Thammasat
after the October 6, 1976 student massacre in Thammasat University.
He was a visiting professor at the Food Research Institute, Stanford University
as well as a Research Fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute
He has been active at the Thailand Development Research Institute
(TDRI) as a program director for agriculture and rural development, and as President of TDRI in 1990-1995.
Ammar is an expert in Thai Rice, Thai Agricultural Economics, and Development Economics. As one of the first Thai trained in neoclassical economics
, he has contributed considerably in the development of modern economic discipline in... Read More