Well-known economist Dr Duenden dies in fallen tree accident at home

A well-known economist at Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Dr Duenden Nikhomborirak, died after being struck by a falling tree at her residence in Wattana district, Bangkok this morning (Thursday).

According to Klongtan police, Dr Duenden and a maid were strolling on the front yard of her residence at about 7.30 am when an ageing palm tree collapsed and fell on her. 

Duenden, 54, director of research in economic system management at TDRI, was reportedly rushed to the Camillian Hospital in Soi Thonglor with serious head injuries. She was later pronounced dead.

Duenden received her PhD in Economics from McGill University in Canada and MA Economics from Queen’s University, also in Canada.  She was known for her researches on corruption problem, competitiveness policy, anti-monopoly and consumer’s protection and policy of state enterprises among others. She was also a frequent speaker at forums on these issues.  


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