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Shocks and regional economic development in Thailand and Vietnam


Forschungsprojekt in der Abteilung Wirtschaftsgeographie

Teilprojekt 5 "Impact of shocks on regional economic development and local capacity building in Thailand and Vietnam" im Rahmen der Forschergruppe "Impact of shocks on the vulnerability to poverty: consequences for development of emerging Southeast Asian economies"

The occurrence of external shocks negatively affects poor regions of developing countries, oftentimes destroying the positive developments brought about by regional policy strategies and leading to an aggravation of regional disparities.

In accordance with the objective of the research unit, this special project aims at understanding the impact of external shocks on regional vulnerability and regional economic development.

Income diversification on individual and household levels by local non-agricultural employment and migration can be seen as two effective vulnerability reduction strategies and hence will be analyzed in detail in this project. The success of these strategies is closely related to education, access to capital, institutional issues and the level of regional economical and infrastructural development etc. in order to create the necessary job opportunities.

The methodological approach is threefold. First, individual and household strategies are analyzed with the help of a survey of 2,200 households in Thailand and Vietnam conducted in base project 2. Second, data on local non-agricultural employment opportunities will be collected by in-depth interviews with 250 companies and local co-operative ventures in each country. Third, interviews with regional stakeholders are conducted in order to assess the local institutional setting and to clarify its potential weaknesses.

The perspective envisaged in this project will lead to a better understanding of the regional dimension of the vulnerability issue.


Leitung: Prof. Dr. Ingo Liefner
Carsten Lohmann
2006 - 2009

Kooperationspartner: Universität Hannover, Universität Göttingen, Universität Frankfurt
Förderung durch:
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)