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Special project: Economic geography (Phase 2, 2010-2012)

Impact of shocks on regional economic development and local capacity building in Thailand and Vietnam

Javier Revilla Diez, Dipl.-Geogr., Dr. rer. nat. (Prof., Leibniz Universität Hannover)

Ludwig Schätzl, Dipl.-Kfm., Dr. oec. publ. (Prof., Leibniz Universität Hannover)

Ingo Liefner, Dipl.-Geogr., Dr. rer. nat. (Prof., Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen)

Summary

Recent research has shown that the vulnerability to poverty of rural households of rapidly developing economies is closely depending on regional development potentials: access to well-paid non-agricultural employment varies within rural areas as does the institutional environment, the levels of education, and the prospects for rural industrialization. However, the interplay of these factors and their influence on households’ decisions in the event of shocks is still poorly understood. The proposed research project aims to contribute to this debate, (1) by analyzing the spatial variation and the impact of locations on rural nonagricultural employment, (2) by assessing the impact of institutional environments on companies and self-employed, and (3) by analyzing the responses of individuals and companies to crisis and shocks as being partly determined by regional characteristics. The project will rely on the results of a panel household survey, a migrant survey and on a survey of rural companies and small-scale (self-employed) businesses. It will be jointly carried out by the applicants based at Leibniz Universität Hannover and Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, and it will cooperate closely with the other sub-projects of the Research Unit.