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Timeline 2019

TVSEP presented at the Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics 2019 Conference in Singapore

The Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (www.aasle.org) held its third conference at the National University of Singapore (NUS) from December 12 to 14, 2019. The primary aim of the society is promoting research and cooperation in labour and applied economics across the region of Asian and Australasia. The conference thus offered an excellent opportunity to introduce TVSEP as a valuable research data source. Four researchers presented TVSEP in a special 2-hour session on December 13 (TVSEP - A Panel Survey for Economic Studies in Thailand and Vietnam).

The session started with a short introduction into the database, research opportunities and explanations on ways of how to access the data by Stephan Thomsen (Leibniz Universität Hannover). In the following, three research papers were presented demonstrating the breadth of research possibilities offered by TVSEP. The first paper “Picking the Plough or Not: How Do Personality Traits Influence Occupational Attainment in Emerging Southeast Asia?” presented by Wiebke Stein (Leibniz Universität Hannover) combined survey data with a special extension of information gathered in an add-on project to TVSEP. She showed that personality traits – that have gained rather strong interest in related research for developed countries – exert similar effects in rural areas of developing countries. Sabine Liebenehm (University of Saskatchewan) presented the second paper: “Risk Attitudes and Returns in Rural Economies: Evidence from Thailand and Vietnam”. For that paper, TVSEP data were combined with historical rainfall data at the village level. This combination allowed to empirically investigate whether variations in economic behaviour can be explained by variations in risk attitudes that were triggered by rainfall shocks. The last paper “Coping Strategies and Long-Run Adjustments: Evidence From a Typhoon” presented by Andre Groeger (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) used a combination of weather data matched on GPS and time coordinates with TVSEP to allow identification of causal effects of a typhoon on rural labour and rural production. The long-run dimension of TVSEP covering diverse environments enabled to find and quantify the permanent changes in economic activity due to the shock.

New position of TVSEP research assistant

Picture: Ms Yok Wannakham (MSc) together with Ms Marina Bergmeier

Ms Yok Wannakham (MSc) has been chosen for the position of TVSEP research assistant among nine candidates by the selection committee which included Dr. Yada Pheunpha, Mr. Nopporn Tantsiri, Dr. Buraskorn Torut, Ms Marina Bergmeier and Prof. Hermann Waibel at Ubon Ratchathnai University (UBU) on December 11, 2019. TVSEP welcomes Ms Yok Wannakham to its team and is looking forward to a long-term and fruitful cooperation.

New TVSEP household panel wave released

We are pleased to announce the completion of data cleaning and the release of the dataset for the eighth TVSEP household panel wave (2019). In the following week, all relevant documents will be added to the "Survey Documents" section on webpage.

Access for research use is free of charge. Interested scientists may submit a 1-2 page research outline to e-mail address. For further details, please see webpage.

TVSEP research presented at IARIW Conference at World Bank

From the 7-8th November 2019, the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) in partnership with the World Bank held a conference on “New Approaches to Defining and Measuring Poverty in a Growing World”. A diverse audience consisting of international researchers from academia, the World Bank, and national statistics and census bureaus attended the conference. The keynote “Left Behind?” was delivered by Professor Martin Ravallion (Georgetown University, United States) who brought to attention the rise of global inequality and addressed issues such as intra-household inequality.

Mark Brooks presented his paper 'Comprehensive Data Quality Studies as a Component of Poverty Assessments' drawing upon data collected under the TVSEP project. In his paper he examined the determinants of non-sampling errors (NSE) in income items. By accounting for extensive para data and applying a comprehensive approach, the paper provided lessons for large surveys conducting interviews with Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing. The paper also emphasized innovations to improve the timeliness and reliability of poverty data and pointed out the need for a better understanding of NSE and the underlying psychology of responses.

At the conference novel approaches of measuring poverty such as “nowcasting”, spatial analyses using satellite data and machine learning were discussed. Furthermore, the use of complementary data sets from national accounts or the implementation of repeat cross-sectional surveys were suggested to alleviate the scarcity of poverty data.



TVSEP Internal Auditing Mission in Vietnam (29.8. - 3.9.) and Thailand (4.9. - 7.9. 2019)

Prof. Waibel and Ms Bergmeier together with partners from Ubon Ratchathani University, including Vice president Dr. Chawalit, and Dr. Narintorn, Dean Faculty of Agriculture
Ms Bergmeier with TVSEP Vietnam country team during internal auditing mission from 29 August til 3 September 2019 in Da Nang, Vietnam

2019 Survey summary report

The new report 'Summary of 2019 TVSEP Rural Household Survey' has been published.
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TVSEP Research Director

This is to inform all TVSEP stakeholders that effective August 1, Privatdozent Dr. habil.  Trung Thanh Nguyen of the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade, has been appointed as the TVSEP Research Director.

TVSEP first data user and planning conference

Vice Rector Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vo Thi Thuy Anh and Prof. Dr. Hermann Waibel signing the MoU between LUH and DUE
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Grote (LUH) giving keynote speech
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suwanna, TVSEP research coordinator in Thailand contributing to the discussion
Dr. Do Truong Lam presenting on livestock industry in Vietnam
Group photo participants

The Thailand Vietnam Socio Economic Panel (TVSEP) project organized its first data user and planning conference/workshop on April 4 and 5 in Da Nang City, Vietnam. The conference with the title "Poverty Dynamics and Sustainable Development in Thailand and Vietnam: Research results of 2015-2018 and Prospects for TVSEP phase II" was jointly organized between Da Nang Economic University (DUE) and TVSEP country office at Da Nang. The main objective of the conference was bring together TVSEP data users from Thailand and Vietnam with members of the TVSEP project management team and the staff of the TVSEP National Offices and to take stock of the research results achieved so far and to draw conclusions for the future operation of TVSEP.

The event also marked the official start of the cooperation between Da Nang Economic University (DUE) and Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two research institutions.

The keynote talk with the topic "Rural Development Challenges in Vietnam: Farming and Migration" was given by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Grote from the Institute of Environmental Economics and World Trade of LUH.  Other presenters included former PhD students of LUH who had used the TVSEP data for their research. On the second day the procedure of the 8th panel wave of the TVSEP household survey was presented and discussed. Important suggestions were raised during the discussions that can help to further improve the data collection and data management of the panel.

TVSEP thanks DUE for co-organizing the conference and all participants for their active participation and contribution.

Conference schedule

Migrant Tracking Survey 2018 completed

After the first migrant tracking survey in 2010, TVSEP has carried out this survey again from July to September 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang City in Vietnam. Migrants were interviewed by trained enumerators at their home or work place using a tablet based questionnaire.

In Vietnam, 372 out of a total 692 migrants were interviewed which is equivalent to a response rate of over 50 %. In Greater Bangkok, the response rate was lower with 388 successful interviews out of a list of   998 migrants. The survey showed that tracking rural migrants is increasingly difficult in big cities due to a challenging work environment, severe transportation and time constraints and high mobility of respondents.

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In Memory of Professor Dr. Andreas Wagener

We hereby want to inform all our TVSEP partners and friends about the death of Professor Andreas Wagener who passed away unexpectedly during the night of 29 January, 2019. Professor Wagener has been a member of the TVSEP Project Management Team since the start of the project in 2015. He was also a principal investigator in the TVSEP predecessor project, the DFG FOR 756, since 2010.

We are extremely sad. Andreas has been such a wonderful colleague and friend. He has always been of great support to the project, contributing with his research and his advice especially to the TVSEP group in Thailand. We will never forget Andreas with his friendly and open style and his constant motivation and encouragement for all of us. He will continue to live in our hearts and minds.

The TVSEP Team