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TitelPoverty dynamics and sustainable development: A long term panel project in Thailand and Vietnam
Thailand Vietnam Socio Economic Panel (TVSEP)
ForschungszieleThe objective of this project is to extend the panel household surveys in Thailand and Vietnam for another 9 years (6 waves of rural household and two waves for migrant surveys) to generate a much deeper understanding of income and poverty dynamics in rural areas of rapidly changing emerging economies. This will be achieved by providing high-quality data and making them accessible to an international community of researchers, and by pursuing aspects of this research agenda as part of this project. By facilitating data access and providing advice the project will promote significant advances in research in development and agricultural economics by high-profile research groups worldwide.
MethodologieContinued panel surveys of village and household level, in addition: migrant tracking surveys;
National Research Data Collection Centers will be set up in the two countries, in Thailand and Vietnam;
A central database of the project will be created.
BearbeiterHermann Waibel in collaboration with Ulrike Grote, Andreas Wagener (Leibniz Universität Hannover) and Stephan Klasen (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
PartnerDepartment of Economics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen,
Ubon Ratchathani University (URU), Thailand,
Center for Rural Development in Central Vietnam (CRD) at Hué University, Vietnam.
Laufzeit2016-2018 (Phase I)
GeldgeberDFG - Project No 626864
Mittel900 000 € (Phase I)
SchlagwörterPoverty dynamics, Sustainable development, Vulnerability, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Vietnam
TitelLong-term effects of risk and time preferences on households’ welfare in emerging market economies

Economic theory suggests that risk aversion and time discounting should decline in wealth. As a conclusion, poorer households, especially in developing countries, are considered to be more risk averse and more impatient than wealthier households, which in turn lead the poorer to take management decisions that could perpetuate their lives in poverty. However, our understanding of the complex and dynamic interactions between risk and time preferences, risk management and poverty, especially in different dimensions of well-being, is still quite limited, because of data limitations and highly compartmentalized research methods.

This research project applies a holistic approach, where the dynamic interrelations between risk and time preferences, risk management and the multiple dimensions of poverty will be disentangled in order to derive longer-term prospects for sustainable development of rural households in transition economies.

The emerging market economy of Thailand, which has seen a considerable decline in poverty but remains strongly vulnerable to adverse risks, is a suitable stage to effectively investigate the dynamic interactions between preferences, risk management and poverty.

The research project investigates these interactions by differentiating between two levels of risk management strategies, i.e. (i) risk management at the individual level such as diversifying income sources, and (ii) risk management at the group level such as sharing risks with other households in social networks. Drivers and impacts of risk management strategies at both levels are the objects of investigation. The investigation of drivers of risk management decisions will go beyond standard economic theory and incorporate alternative theories such as prospect theory and quasi-hyperbolic discounting. Among the impacts of risk management strategies, both monetary indicators and non-monetary indicators of well-being will be taken into account.

MethodologieThe empirical foundations for the research are built upon the existing long-term panel data set of approximately 2000 households from rural Thailand over 5 waves from 2007 to 2013 collected within the scope of the DFG-FOR 756 project. In the proposed research the existing data base will be complemented by economic field experiments to elicit risk and time preferences and by collecting information on households’ social networks. With the extended long-term panel database our understanding of the dynamic interlinkages between risk and time preferences, risk management and multidimensional poverty can be significantly improved.
BearbeiterSabine Liebenehm
PartnerDIW Berlin; Kasetsart University, Bangkok
GeldgeberDFG – Project No 2930/1-1
Mittel300 000 €
SchlagwörterRisk and time preferences, Risk management, Poverty, Thailand
TitelInsurance and Private Transfers – Experimental Evidence
ForschungszieleMost people in developing countries are currently not insured; they therefore depend on private transfers from relatives and friends when hit by a shock. However, the provision of insurance is steadily increasing. An important question is to what extent the possibility to purchase insurance affects the willingness to help others. Previous research shows contradicting effects: some studies find a decrease in private transfers, others an increase. The underlying drivers remain unclear. Guided by the literature on other-regarding preferences, the proposed project investigates potential mechanisms that may help explain changes in helping behavior.
MethodologieWe analyze these mechanisms in a framed field experiment combined with a household survey on transfer behavior within social networks. We conduct the project in several villages in Cambodia.
BearbeiterSusan Steiner / Friederike Lenel (DIW Berlin)
PartnerSocial Health Protection Association, Cambodia
Mittel91 000 €
SchlagwörterSocial networks, insurance, experiments, Cambodia
TitelStatus of markets for organic and fair trade commodities in agriculture and its impact for developing countries: A meta-analysis
ForschungszieleOverall objectives: To assess the extent to which certified alternative agricultural systems like organic agriculture and fair trade management can contribute towards sustainable livelihoods of smallholder farmers in developing countries.
Specific objectives:
  • To examine the drivers that influence the adoption of such alternative farming systems;
  • To investigate the extent to which organic and fair trade certified agriculture impacts production and welfare of smallholder farmers;
  • To compare and do a meta-analysis on how these systems effects smallholder farmers in the continents on Asia, Africa and Latin America and derive the success factors of such farming technologies.
MethodologieEconometric and meta-analysis based on secondary and primary data.
BearbeiterinPriyanka Parvathi
GeldgeberWege in the Forschung II, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Mittel50 000 €
SchlagwörterOrganic farming, fair trade, developing countries, meta-analysis
TitelImproving the management of trypanosomiasis in smallholder livestock production systems in tsetse-infested sub-Saharan Africa
ForschungszieleOverall objectives:
To improve the sustainable livelihoods of resource-poor livestock producers in smallholder production systems through improved control of trypanosomiasis.
Special objectives:
  • To improve capacity and capability of African laboratories and veterinary services to detect trypanocide resistance  and to conduct quality control of trypanocidal drugs;
  • To improve the effectiveness of available trypanocides in livestock;
  • To promote and monitor the use of the technical and structural innovations developed in partnership at a regional and continental scale.
MethodologieIn order to evaluate the project’s impact
1. Household level data collection to establish a panel data set
2. Impact analysis using DD-models
BearbeiterSabine Liebenehm / Alirah E. Weyori
PartnerPrince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (ITM)
Free University of Berlin (FUB)
Vétérinaires Sans Frontières – Belgium (VSF)
Centre International de Recherche-Developpement sur l’Elevage en Zone Subhumide (CIRDES)
National Animal Health Diagnostic and Investigation Centre (NAHDIC)
University of Pretoria (UP)
Direction de l’Elevage du Togo (VetTogo)
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (EMU)
Laufzeit 2012 - 2017
GeldgeberEU Commission
Mittel330 000 €
SchlagwörterImpact assessment, Livestock disease, Sub-Saharan Africa
TitelSustainable rubber cultivation in the Mekong region (SURUMER), sub-project 9: Microeconomic analysis of sustainable Natural Resources Management innovations in rubber cultivation in Yunnan Province, China
ForschungszieleThe main objective of this project is to establish a better understanding of the potential to introduce a sustainable rubber plantation system in Yunnan province in Southwestern China. To achieve this objective an ex-ante impact analysis of sustainable Natural Resource Management (NRM) innovations of farmers in this area will be carried out.

Specific objectives:
1. Analyze different adoption decisions by using econometric models to identify key factors that drive smallholder rubber farmer’s decision.
2. Conduct a comprehensive economic analysis of different farming systems (rubber monoculture, intercropping, traditional agriculture), giving account of the cost structures, productivity, cash income generation and poverty levels.
3. Conduct an economic impact assessment by use of a “difference-in-difference model” and “normative household models” based on the concept of typical farms.
4. Investigate the potential economic effects of alternative land use strategies in terms of income generation, income inequality, food security, and poverty and vulnerability reduction.
5. Analyze the barriers and required incentives for small-scale farmers to adopt economically sustainable land use and management concepts.

MethodologieCollect a representative household (or farm) level panel survey of around 600 households;
Conduct empirical analysis by using econometric models and collected data 
BearbeiterShi Min, Shaoze Jin
PartnerCenter for Chinese Agricultural Policy,
Chinese Academy of Sciences
GeldgeberBMBF, DLR
Mittel310 000 €
SchlagwörterNatural Rubber, Microeconomic analysis, Mekong region, Xishuangbanna, China
TitelCost-benefit analysis of sustainability standards in small holder oil palm farming in Sumatra, Indonesia
ForschungszieleThis research aims to assess the acceptance and economic consequences of standards for sustainable oil palm farming among small holders in the province of Jambi, Sumatra, Indonesia.
This study will draw from an existing panel data set of some 291 small holder oil palm farmers from 2010 and 2012 in two districts of Jambi.
Three hypotheses will be tested:
(1) smallholder oil palm farmers are aware of the environmental standards promoted by the Government in oil palm plantations;
(2) the benefits of sustainable oil palm management practices are uncertain;
(3) woman can play a major role in implementing sustainable oil palm management practices.
Fieldwork to test the first hypotheses has already been conducted during July - August 2012.
For 2013, additional data collection is proposed with the objective to test the second and the third hypotheses. Individual interviews, focus group discussions with village groups and a stakeholder workshop will be conducted to establish the empirical base for developing and applying cost benefit analysis.
MethodologieHousehold level data collection to establish a panel data set
GeldgeberEconomy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), Institut für Entwicklungs- und Agrarökonomik
Mittel14 000 €
SchlagwörterOil palm, Environment, Smallholder, Indonesia
TitelImpact of shocks on the vulnerability to poverty: consequences for development of emerging Southeast Asian economies

Teilprojekt TP 03
The capacity of agriculture to adjust to economic crisis and environmental shocks in Thailand
1. Investigating the changing role of agriculture before and after economic crisis in Thailand
2. Analyzing the capacity of agriculture to adjust to environmental shocks in Vietnam
3. Comparing and assessing the structural adjustment processes in agriculture in Thailand and Vietnam in view of economic crisis and environmental change
4. Contribute to advancing the vulnerability concepts by incorporating agricultural household decision models
5. Advance the concept of risk measurement
Methodologie 1. Household level data collection to establish a panel data set
2. Quantitative analysis using panel data models
BearbeiterMulubrhan R. Amare, Bezawit B. Chichaibelu, Lena Hohfeld, Thi Hoa Pahlisch
PartnerDas Projekt wird gemeinsam mit dem Lehrstuhl 'Umweltökonomik und Welthandel' (Prof. U. Grote) bearbeitet.
Mittel250 000 €
SchlagwörterVulnerability, Shocks, Thailand, Coping strategies, Rural development