Background of the Thailand Vietnam Socio Economic Panel (TVSEP)
While in advanced economies multipurpose panel data (such as the German Socioeconomic Panel) have existed for some time, there are hardly any comparable data sets for developing and emerging countries; as a result, many critical research questions about trends and drivers of long-term development in these dynamic societies cannot be addressed easily. To partly remedy this serious gap, the DFG Research Unit 756 “Impact of shocks on the vulnerability to poverty: consequences for the development of emerging Southeast Asian Economies” has been implemented from 2007 to 2013. The project has established a unique panel database of some 4400 rural households with some 22,000 individuals in 440 villages, distributed over six provinces in Thailand and Vietnam. The analysis of the data collected under the auspices of DFG FOR 756 has led to methodological advancements and important empirical findings with important contributions to research for developing and emerging market countries. The output of DFG FOR 756 has been documented in high level journal publications, including a special issue in World Development, a volume published in Palgrave MacMillan, and numerous conference papers and PhD theses.
In order to be able to fully exploit the enormous research potential from this unique and high quality panel data set, a DFG long-term project is established for a period of nine years, i.e. from 2016 – 2024, divided into project phases of three years each. Within this period six rural household (and village) surveys and two migrant tracking surveys will be carried out. The project is composed of two major activities: (1) data collection, data management and descriptive analysis and (2) scientific research carried out by the applicants themselves, researchers in high-level international research and development institutions and researchers in Thailand and Vietnam. At the end of the project the panel will consist of ten waves of rural household and village surveys and three waves of migrant tracking surveys.