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TVSEP - Thailand Vietnam Socio Economic Panel

Welcome to the homepage of the research project 'Poverty dynamics and sustainable development: A long-term panel project in Thailand and Vietnam, 2015 - 2024', financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (Website).

The overall goal of the project is to complement existing panels in industrialized countries by establishing a unique, multipurpose and long-term socio economic panel in the emerging economies of Thailand and Vietnam. The data are made accessible to the international research community free of charge.

The TVSEP database consists of seven household- and five village panel waves, which were collected during the period of 2007 to 2017. The household and village surveys were conducted with a sample of almost 4400 households in 440 villages in rural areas of six provinces in Thailand and Vietnam.

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TVSEP Webinar: Situation, expectations and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – Implications for TVSEP

On 19th May 2020, 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.

Newest publication

Theres Klühs, Melanie Koch and Wiebke Stein present their work on household over-indebtedness in the latest DIW Weekly Report of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). The report is based on their TVSEP Add-On Project Behavioral insights into over-indebtedness within a vulnerable population and highlights the relevance of their findings from Thailand for Germany.

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Full paper (in English)

TVSEP presented at the Annual Meeting of the Allied Social Science Association in San Diego

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. This year more than 10,000 researchers and scholars attended. Ute Rink and Wiebke Stein represented the TVSEP at the DFG “Research in Germany” booth in the ASSA Exhibit Hall, where they talked to interested researchers about the TVSEP database. Wiebke Stein also attended the AEA Poster Session and presented work from her TVSEP Add-On project on Behavioral insights into over-indebtedness within a vulnerable population. In their corresponding paper, Don´t expect too much – High income expectations and Over-Indebtedness, Wiebke Stein and her co-authors Theres Klühs and Melanie Koch, show that high income expectations are related to both objective and subjectively felt over-indebtedness.

TVSEP presentation at Leibniz Universität Hannover

On 21 January 2020, 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.


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, Washington D.C. by Mark Brooks, M.Sc., Institute of Development and Agricultural Economics

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 panel wave 2019

TVSEP wants to inform its actual and potential data users that the eighth panel wave of the rural household survey is underway in Thailand and is expected to finish by the second week of August 2019. Unfortunately, no survey could be carried out in Vietnam in 2019, as Government permission has been denied for undisclosed reasons. The TVSEP Project Management Team is trying its best to get permission for next year and conduct the survey in May 2020. We will soon provide more details about the survey in Thailand and inform data users about the release of the new data set as soon as possible

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 DEU

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. 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.

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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.

The migrants interviewed, are those reported in the 2017 wave of the TVSEP rural household survey. The migrant questionnaire focused on migration history, job history, housing conditions, shocks, remittances, expenditures, and wealth. It also included questions on personality traits (the Big Five) and ICT knowledge and use.

The data from the 2018 Migrant Survey is now available. In the following, a summary of some initial results is provided, so that researchers interested in using the data can get a first overview.

Data are now available for external users. If you are interested in using the data, please send an e-mail to: tvsepifgb.uni-hannover.de

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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