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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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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