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04 September 2020

TVSEP Second Data User Conference

On 4th September 2020, the Thailand Vietnam Socio Economic Panel (TVSEP), a DFG-sponsored long-term project based at the Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), School of Economics and Management held its Second Data User Conference.

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19 May 2020

TVSEP webinar

The TVSEP Project Management Team held a joint webinar with TVSEP representatives from Thailand and Vietnam and TVSEP data users. Around 40 researchers from various backgrounds participated in the webinar.
The aim of the webinar was to bring together TVSEP partners and data users to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic can be best captured in future TVSEP panel waves or special Add-on projects. The unique, long-term panel database of TVSEP is particularly suited to measure the impact of this exceptional crisis. TVSEP has the capacity to collecting and providing valuable information to researchers and policy makers to analyze and monitor the short- and long-term consequences of the crisis.
TVSEP representatives from Thailand and Vietnam presented first-hand information on the current situation, expectations and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the respective country.

21 January 2020

TVSEP presentation at Leibniz Universität Hannover

The TVSEP Project Management Team, Profs Ulrike Grote, Stephan Thomsen and Hermann Waibel, gave a presentation in the framework of one of the faculty's three Reseach Foci: "Nachhaltige Globalisierung". The seminar was attended by a large number of researchers, including Professors from LUH and the University of Göttingen as well as post-docs and PhD students. There was a broad interest in TVSEP's activities and the seminar generated new ideas on collaborative research making use of the TVSEP data.


03 - 05 January 2020

TVSEP at annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA)

The Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) held its annual meeting from January 3-5, 2020 in San Diego (https://www.aeaweb.org/). Each year the ASSA meetings bring together researchers from all over the world to discuss current economic topics.

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18 December 2019

New position of TVSEP research assistant

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.

12 - 14 December 2019


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

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06 December 2019

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.

07 - 08 November 2019

TVSEP research presented at IARIW Conference

At the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW), Mark Brooks presented his paper 'Comprehensive Data Quality Studies as a Component of Poverty Assessments' drawing upon data collected under the TVSEP project.

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29 August  - 3 September / 4 - 7 September 2019

TVSEP Internal auditing mission

Vietnam (29.8. - 3.9.) and Thailand (4.9. - 7.9. 2019)

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29 August 2019

2019 Survey summary report

The new report 'Summary of 2019 TVSEP Rural Household Survey' has been published.
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02 August 2019

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.

04 - 05 April 2019

TVSEP first data user and planning conference

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 (DEU) and TVSEP country office at Da Nang.

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13 March 2019

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.

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01 February 2019

Prof. 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

02 - 05 September 2018

Session at 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.

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22 August 2018

ERCD seminar of the Asian Development Bank

On ERCD (Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department) seminar of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 'Drivers of structural transformation in rural areas in Thailand and Viet Nam' Prof. Hermann Waibel presented findings of a comparative long-term analysis on the drivers of structural transformation in the rural areas in Thailand and Viet Nam. (Manila, Philippines)

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09 - 13 July 2018

Enumerator training

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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October 2017 - March 2018

Research visit fellowship

Dr. Priyanka Parvathi received a 6 months 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.

28 March 2018

Meeting with Buriram Governor

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.

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09 - 13 March 2018

Seminars in Vietnam

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.

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29 January 2018

Add-on project completed

The add-on project: Behavioral insights into over-indebtedness within a vulnerable population has been completed.

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08 January 2018

New Year gifts

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

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12 - 14 December 2017

Agriculture and Rural Transformation in Asia

International Conference in Bangkok in Thailand, co-sponsored and co-organized by TVSEP



02 November 2017

Add-on projects completed

The add-on project 'Building adaptive capacity to external risks through collective action – The role of social capital in small-scale farming in rural areas of Vietnam' has been completed.

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 The add-on project 'Long-term effects of risk and time preferences on households’ welfare in emerging market economies' has been conducted.

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30 August 2017

Survey wave 2017 conducted

The seventh panel survey was carried out in 3 provinces of Thailand and 3 provinces of Vietnam between June – August 2017. In total 1941 households in Buriram, Ubon Ratchathani and Nakorn Panom were interviewed and 1898 households from Thua Thien Hue, Ha Tinh and Dak Lak. 

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05 July - 08 August 2017

Survey wave 2017 started in Vietnam

In Vietnam, the survery wave 2017 starts in three provinces, in Dak Lak, Ha Thin, and Thua Thien Hue. The number of households is around 1900, which will be visited and interviewed.

27 June - 31 July 2017

Survery wave 2017 started in Thailand

The survery wave 2017 started in three provinces in Thailand, namely in Buri Ram, Nakhom Phanom, and Ubon Ratchathani. Four students from Leibniz Universität Hannover advised the local interviewers and assembled the interview data at the households direct on mobile computers. Around 1900 households will be visited and interviewed.

13 June - 03 July 2017

Sub team leader and enumerator training at the National Research Data Collection Centres (NRDCC's)

The sub team leader and the enumerator training took place in Ubon at the National Research Data Collection Centre (NRDCC), Thailand, followed by the corresponding activities at the NRDCC in Huế, Vietnam.


08 - 11 June 2017

Team leader meeting in Vung Tau, South Vietnam

 Data collection center managers (as National Team Leader for the TVSEP survey) and province team leaders from both countries met in Vung Tau, South Vietnam. The meeting was led by Prof. Hermann Waibel and Prof. Ulrike Grote  aimed at providing an orientation about the TVSEP household questionniare, the tablet program as well as building up strong survey teams.


06/07 June 2017The tablet program test meeting took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
04 April 2017

TVSEP seminar at Ubon Ratchathani University (UBU), Thailand

On Tuesday 4 April 2017, the TVSEP National Research Data Collection Centre (NRDCC) in Thailand organized a seminar in order to introduce the TVSEP database to researchers from institutes/university in the Northeast of Thailand such as Faculty of Science Management-UBU, Faculty of Agriculture-UBU, Faculty of Nursing-UBU, Boromrajonnani college of Nursing, Office of Agriculture Economics Zone 11 and Faculty of Integrated Social Science-Khon Khan university, Nong Khai campus. Several participants have shown their interest to use our database for research purpose and to be part of the TVSEP family. TVSEP would like to thank all participants for active and fruitful discussion as well as NRDCC Thailand staffs for organizing this event. 



29 March 2017

Opening ceremony of the National Research Data Collection Centre (NRDCC) in Vietnam

NRDCC in Vietnam has established in order to guarantee the continuity and quality or the long-term panel data collection. The NRDCC office is hosted at Huế University of Agriculture and Forestry. The official opening ceremony of the centre with a Vietnamese tradition is organized on Wednesday 29 March 2017. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Grote and Prof. Hermann Waibel (TVSEP Project Coordination Team), Prof. Dr. Le van An, Rector-Huế University or Agriculture and Forestry cut the ceremonial ribbon for a good start and future succeed of the TVSEP-NRDCC in Vietnam.  At this event, NRDCC also set up a mini-exhibition to display TVSEP activities to the participants. Special thanks to all participants, HUAF, NRDCC staffs for supporting and joining our ceremony.



29 March 2017

TVSEP seminar at Hue University of Agriculture and Forest (HUAF)

On March 29 2017, TVSEP organized a seminar to introduce the project at HUAF. It was attended by more than 30 participants from different research institutes and universities in Vietnam such as Huế University of Agriculture and Forestry; Huế University of Economics; Ha Noi University of Forestry; Ho Chi Minh University of Agriculture and Forestry; Tay Nguyen University; Can Tho University as well as TVSEP field supervisors and enumerators.

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15 March 2017

TVSEP organized the workshop to establish an overview of current use of TVSEP data. Participants are data users based in Germany from different universities such as Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, University of Goettingen, University of Passau and Humboldt University Berlin.


11 - 13 January 2017

Session at 9th ASAE International Conference in Bangkok, Thailand: Transformation in Agricultural and Food Economy in Asia. Session:  Research on Rural Development and Agricultural Transformation in South East Asia using panel data.

Conference programmeSession programme

26 September 2016

Opening ceremony of the National Research Data Collection Center (NRDCC) at Ubon Rachathani University.


22 September 2016

The TVSEP staff met with the prominent economist Dr. Ammar Siamwalla at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) in Bangkok.

4 July - 19 August 2016Conduction of the field survey, in which more than 1,900 households participated. 
11 - 17 July 2016

Enumerator training for the TVSEP survey 2016 in Vietnam

28 June - 4 July 2016

Enumerator training for the TVSEP survey 2016 at Ubon Ratchathani University in Thailand.