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Hoang Dinh, Quoc, Dufhues, T., and G. Buchenrieder. 2016. Individual social capital and access to rural services in Northern Vietnam. International Journal of Social Economics 43 (4): 363 – 381.



– The purpose of this paper is to analyze the effects of network-based individual social capital on the access of rural households to services.


– In the context of development economics, an innovative data collection approach is used to determine network-based social capital. The approach originates from the field of sociology and entails a personal network survey. The authors define four social capital variables according to tie strength and social distance between the respondent and his/her network member.


– Social network ties are not homogeneous. The econometric results suggest that social capital with weaker ties in combination with socially distant ties can potentially improve households’ access to rural services.

Research limitations/implications

– The empirical survey focusses on a single province in Northern Vietnam. Thus, the main limitation of the micro-study is its regional focus. A more representative sample of the whole country would be desirable to backup the policy recommendation.


– The results indicate that access to services in rural Vietnam it still too personalized and subjective. Thus, a thorough review of the access procedures and making them more objective would be better choice. This would also root out a potential alley for corruption and nepotism.


Balgah, R.A., Kimengsi, J.N., and G. Buchenrieder. 2016. Understanding and building on indigenous agro-pastoral adaptation strategies for climate change in sub-Saharan Africa: Experience from rural Cameroon. Journal of Advances in Agriculture 6 (1): 833-840. (



Balgah, R.A., Buchenrieder, G., and I.N. Mbue. 2015. When nature frowns: A comprehensive impact assessment of the 2012 Babessi floods on people’s livelihoods in rural Cameroon. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 7 (1): 8 pages. (; 

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Möllers, J., Meyer, W., Xhema, S., Traikova, D., and G. Buchenrieder. 2015. Cognitive constructs and the intention to remit. Journal of Development Studies. 51 (19): 1341-1357. (


This paper explores migrants’ motivations to remit from a new, behavioural (cognitive) perspective, based on Structural Equation Modelling. We supplement the mainstream economic analyses of migrants’ observed characteristics by analysing remitting behaviour based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB). With this behavioural lens, we show that non-tangible, cognitive constructs are highly relevant in explaining the intention to remit. Results underline the fact that migrants’ attitudes and norms, the latter in particular driven by the family, are decisive for remitting. Classical socioeconomic variables also show significant results, but contribute comparatively little to explaining the intention to remit.


2014   (tbd)

Thomas Dufhues, Insa Theesfeld and Gertrud Buchenrieder (2014): The Political Economy of Decentralization in Thailand: How Past and Present Decentralization Affects rural Actors’ Participation. In: European Journal of Development Research , (13 November 2014) | doi:10.1057/ejdr.2014.68


2013   (tba)

Le, Loan T., Ekko C. van  Ierland, Xueqin Zhu, Justus Wesseler, and Giang Ngo (2013): Comparing the costs of biofuels and fossil fuels: A case study of Vietnam Biomass and Bioenergy 54:227-238.

Le, Loan T., Ekko C. van  Ierland, Xueqin Zhu, and Justus Wesseler (2013): Energy and greenhouse gas balances of cassava-based ethanol. Biomass & Bioenergy 51:125-135.

Groeneveld, Rolf, Justus Wesseler, Paul Berentsen (2013): Dominos in the dairy: An analysis of transgenic maize in Dutch dairy farming. Ecological Economics 86(2):107-116.

Kikulwe, Enoch, Ekin Birol, Justus Wesseler, Jose Falck-Zepeda (2013) Consumer perceptions of the potential introduction of a fungal resistant banana in Uganda. In J. Falck-Zepeda, G. Gruere, and I. Sithole-Niang (Eds.), What Role for Genetically Modified Crops in the African Countries South of the Sahara? Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute.

Blum, M. (forthcoming): The influence of inequality on the standard of living – Worldwide anthropometric evidence from the 19th and 20th centuries. Economics and Human Biology

Blum, M. (forthcoming): Estimating Male and Female height inequality. Economics and Human Biology

Blum, M. (forthcoming): War, Food Rationing, and Socioeconomic Inequality in Germany
during World War One. The Economic History Review

Blum, M. (2013): Culture and Genetic Influences on the Biological Standard of Living.
Historical Methods 46(1)

Blum, M. (2013): Der deutsche Lebensstandard während des Ersten Weltkrieges in
historischer Perspektive: Welche Rolle spielten Konsumentenpräferenzen?
Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte 100(3)


2012   (8)

Baten, J., & Blum, M. (2012). Growing Tall but Unequal: New Findings and New Background Evidence on Anthropometric Welfare in 156 Countries, 1810-1989. Economic History of Developing Regions, 27(1), 66-85.

Beckmann, V., Soregaroli, C., & Wesseler, J. (2012). Coexistence. In D. Castle, P. Phillips & S. Smyth (Eds.), Handbook on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Garcia-Yi, J., & Grote, U. (2012). Data collection: experiences and lessons learned asking sensitive questions in a remote coca growing area in Peru. Survey Methodology, (in press).

Kikulwe, E., & Wesseler, J. (2012). Incremental Benefits of Genetically modified Bananas in Uganda. In D. Castle, P. Phillips & S. Smyth (Eds.), Handbook on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Punt, M. J., Weikard, H.-P., & van Ierland, E. C. (2012). Marine Protected Areas in the High Seas and their Impact on International Fishing Agreements. Natural Resource Modeling (in press).

Punt, M. J., Weikard, H.-P., van Ierland, E. C., & Stel, J. H. (2012). Large Scale Marine Protected Areas for Biodiversity Conservation Along a Linear Gradient: Cooperation, Strategic Behavior or Conservation Autarky? Environmental and Resource Economics (in press). doi: 10.1007/s10640-012-9559-1

Venus, T., & Wesseler, J. (2012). Bereits doppelt so viel „ohne Gentechnik“- Milch als Biomilch in Deutschland: Welche Bedeutung hat GVO-freie Milch für unsere Milchwirtschaft? Deutsche Molkerei Zeitung, 133(2), 24-26.

Wesseler, J., Beckmann, V., & Soregaroli, C. (2012). Coexistence of GM and non-GM supply chains in the EU: policy framework and economic aspects. In M. Lusser, T. Raney, P. Tillie, K. Dillen & E. Rodriguez-Cerezo (Eds.), JRC Scientific and Policy Reports (pp. 75-79): Publications Office of the European Union and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


2011 (17)

Beckmann, V., H.D., N., Spoor, M., Wesseler, J., & Xiaoping, S. (2011). Economic Transition and Natural Resource Management in East and Southeast Asia. Aachen: Shaker.

Beckmann, V., Soregaroli, C., & Wesseler, J. (2011). Coexistence of genetically modified (GM) and non-modified (non GM) crops: Are the two main property rights regimes equivalent with respect to the coexistence value? In C. Carter, G. Moschini & I. Sheldon (Eds.), Genetically modified food and global welfare (Vol. 10, pp. 201-224). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing.

Blum, M. (2011). Government decisions before and during the First World War and the living standards in Germany during a drastic natural experiment. Explorations in Economic History, 48(4), 556–567.

Blum, M. (2011). Worldwide inequality, living standards and its determinants during the 19th and 20th Centuries. (PhD), Universität Tübingen, Tübingen.  

Blum, M., & Baten, J. (2011). Anthropometric within-country Inequality and the Estimation of Skill Premia with Anthropometric Indicators. Review of Economics, 62(2).

Groeneveld, R., Ansink, E., van de Wiel, C., & Wesseler, J. (2011). Benefits and costs of biologically contained GM tomatoes and eggplants in Italy and Spain. Sustainability, 3(8), 1265-1281. doi: 10.3390/su3081265

Kikulwe, E., Birol, E., Wesseler, J., & Falck-Zepeda, J. (2011). A Latent Class Approach to Investigating Developing Country Consumers’ Demand for Genetically Modified Staple Food Crops: The Case of GM Banana in Uganda. Agricultural Economics, 42(5), 547–560. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-0862.2010.00529.x

Kikulwe, E. M., Wesseler, J., & Falck-Zepeda, J. (2011). Attitudes, perceptions, and trust. Insights from a consumer survey regarding genetically modified banana in Uganda. [Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't]. Appetite, 57(2), 401-413. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.06.001

Otto-Banaszak, I., Matczak, P., Wesseler, J., & Wechsung, F. (2011). Different perceptions of adaptation to climate change: a mental model approach applied to the evidence from expert interviews. Regional Environmental Change, 11(2), 217-228.

Punt, M. J. (2011). Optimal management of marine resources. Spatial planning of multiple uses by multiple actors. (PhD), Wageningen University, Wageningen.  

Smyth, S. J., Aerni, P., Castle, D., Demont, M., Falck-Zepeda, J. B., Paarlberg, R., . . . Zilberman, D. (2011). Sustainability and the bioeconomy: Policy recommendations from the 15th ICABR conference. AgBioForum, 14(3), 180-186.

Van Halsema, G., Lencha, B. K., Assefa, M., Hengsdijk, H., & Wesseler, J. (2011). Performance assessment of two smallholder irrigation schemes in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Irrigation and Drainage, 60(5), 622-634. doi: 10.1002/ird.613

Wesseler, J., & Aerni, P. (2011). Special Issue of AgBioForum from the 2011 ICABR Paper presented at the ICABR.

Wesseler, J., & Aerni, P. (2011). Sustainability and the bioeconomy. AgBioForum, 14(3), 94-96.

Wesseler, J., & Kalaitzandonakes, N. (2011). Present and Future EU GMO policy. In A. Oskam, G. Meesters & H. Silvis (Eds.), EU Policy for Agriculture, Food and Rural Areas (Second Edition ed., pp. 23-323). Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Wesseler, J., Scatasta, S., & Fall, E. H. (2011). Environmental Benefits and Costs of GM Crops. In C. Carter, G. Moschini & I. Sheldon (Eds.), Genetically modified food and global welfare (pp. 173-199). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing.

Wesseler, J., Spielman, D. S., & Demont, M. (2011). The Future of Governance in the Global Bioeconomy: Policy, Regulation, and Investment Challenges for the Biotechnology and Bioenergy Sectors. AgBioForum, 14(3), 288-290.