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Events 2018

Organized session at the Annual Meeting of the Verein für Socialpolitk 2018

At the organized session at the Annual Meeting of the Verein für Socialpolitk took place in Freiburg im Breisgau, 2-5 September 2018 three papers have been presented.

Chair: Prof. Hermann Waibel

Melanie Koch (DIW Berlin); Lukas Menkhoff (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and DIW Berlin); Ulrich Schmidt (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel and IfW Kiel): Coupled lotteries - A new method to analyze inequality aversion.

Bezawit Beyene Chichaibelu (International Fund for Agricultural Development, Rome, Italy); Hermann Waibel (Leibniz Universität Hannover): Explaining differences in rural household debt between Thailand and Vietnam: Economic environment versus household characteristics.

Sabine Liebenehm (Leibniz Universität Hannover); Nele Degener (Leibniz Universität Hannover); Eric Strobl (University of Bern): Rainfall shocks and risk aversion: Evidence from Southeast Asia.

Enumerator training for the Migrant Survey 2018

From 09 til 13 July 2018 the enumerator training for the Migrant Survey 2018 in Vietnam took place in Ho Chi Minh City and was led by Mr. Hung (Southern Center of Agricultural Rural Policy and Strategy - SCAP). The Migrant Survey started on 16 July 2018.

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Research visit fellowship

Dr. Priyanka Parvathi received a 6 months (October 2017 - March 2018) research visit fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft to the United States and collaborated with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) at Washington DC as well as with Prof. Cristopher B. Barret and his STAARS project team at Cornell University, Ithaca. The research visit was focussed to comparatively analyze the much less known micro-scale changes within the farming sector that signal a transformation in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The TVSEP data as well as the LSMS-ISA data were used to gain insights on the patterns of transformation between the rural smallholders in Thailand and Vietnam with those in Uganda and Malawi. This study may have important implications for development interventions and agricultural projects in Asia and Africa to accelerate the process of transformation.

Meeting with Buriram Governor

On Monday 28 March 2018 Dr. Narintorn Boonbrahm (Dean of Faculty of Agriculture, Ubon Ratchatani University and the director of the TVSEP TH center) together with Dr. Somkid Naprom (the TVSEP TH center manager) attended the annual meeting of the Driven Social Development Committee at Buriram Provincial Center.
Dr. Boonbrahm introduced the TVSEP project, followed by the presentation from Dr. Naprom on the TVSEP data. The Provincial Governor is interested in the TVSEP database and convinced that our panel is significantly useful for local governance to understand trends and drivers of long-term development of rural households in Buriram.


From March 9th to March 13th 2018, Prof. Hermann Waibel and Dr. Nguyen Trung Thanh gave three seminars at National University of Forestry, University of Economics and Business in Hanoi and Da Nang University of Economics. Prof. Waibel gave a special lecture on challenges arising for Asian agriculture and Socioeconomic Panel is introduced as an opportunity to conduct high quality research for agriculture, rural development and rural urban relations.

Dr. Thanh presented his recent study using TVSEP data collected from 2007-2013 in Ha Tinh, Thua Thien Hue and Daklak provinces to investigate the relationship between agricultural investment and structural change and examine the impact of livestock production on poverty and income equality at the farm level in Central Vietnam. We would like to thank lecturers and other staff from the above-mentioned universities for their helps with organizing the seminars as well as their active participation.


National University of Forestry

University of Economics and Business

Da Nang University of Economics

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National University of Forestry

University of Economics and Business


Prof. Waibel giving lectures at Vietnam National University of Forestry
Lecturers participating in the seminar at Vietnam National University of Forestry
Prof. Waibel giving lectures at University of Economics and Business
Dr. Thanh presented his research using TVSEP data
Seminar at Da Nang University of Economics
Mrs. Vo Thi Thuy Anh, Vice-Rector of Da Nang University of Economics, giving a souvenir to Prof. Waibel

New Year gifts

TVSEP-Thailand Center Manager Mr Somkid Naprom and Adminstrative Assistant Ms Mananya Woodman present New Years gifts to Officials from Thailand following Thai tradition.

Ajan Sairoong Dinkoksung, General Manager U-Place
Mr Somkid with Governor of Ubon province
Mr Somkid and Ms Mananya with UBU Vice-President Dr. Chawalit
Mr Somkid with Dean of Faculty of Agriculture (UBU) Dr. Ariyaporn and Vice-Dean Dr. Narintorn
Mr Somkid with Vice-Dean Dr. Narintorn