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

The Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics ( 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.