VIXATHEP, Souksavanh


Ph.D. in Economics, Kobe University
Master of Arts in International Development, International University of Japan
Master of Electrical Engineering, Ilmenau University of Technology

Research Field

Development Economics, Industrialization, Trade and Development, Entrepreneurship

Research Keywords

Industrial Organization, SME development, Entrepreneurship, ASEAN Economies

Research Activities and Interests

    My initial research focused on the evolution of comparative advantage and the structure of international trade at the macro level, and the efficiency and productivity performance of the garment industry at the micro-level in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (CLV).
    To date, my research addresses issues related to poverty reduction and grassroots development, such as topics in farm productivity; land distribution; and microfinance, and issues of industrialization, including productivity growth; human and social capital in Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) development; and entrepreneurship promotion. Most of my research is based on field study.
    A combination of knowledge in economics and the real world context would help us understand economic development more deeply. Our students are encouraged to learn and gain both types of knowledge – theoretical and practical – in the program.

Selected Publications

[1] Luong, V. K. and Vixathep, S. (2016). "Business Confidence Index: A Reflection of Business Sentiment in Viet Nam." Journal of International Cooperation Studies, 23(2): 1-27.

[2] Vixathep, S. and Matsunaga, N. (2015). "Does Human and Social Capital Enhance Entrepreneurship? A Case Study of the Garment Industry in Bangladesh." International Journal of Economic Policy Studies,10: 28-50.

[3] Phonvisay, A. and Vixathep, S. (2015). "Does Microfinance Improve Household Welfare in Laos? Evidence from Village Saving Groups in a Central Province." Journal of Economics and Business Administration,221(3): 101-117.

[4] Vixathep, S. and Matsunaga, N. (2015). "Entrepreneurial Human and Social Capital in Small Businesses in Vietnam - An Extended Analysis -." Kobe University Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies Working Paper 29: 1-21.

[5] Phomvixay, P., Vixathep, S., and Onphanhdala, P. (2014). "Land Inequality and Rice Security in Northern Laos." Journal of International Cooperation Studies, 21(2-3): 83-99.

[6] Vixathep, S. (2013)."Entrepreneurial Human Capital in Micro and Small Enterprises in Vietnam." Journal of Economics and Business Administration, ,208(3): 119-136.

[7] Vixathep, S. (2013). "Cambodia's Comparative Advantage Patterns and Trade Structure from 1985 to 2010." Journal of Southeast Asian Economies, 30(3): 278-293.

[8] Vixathep, S. and Onphanhdala, P. (2013). "Efficiency of Lowland and Upland Farming in Lao PDR." Lao Journal of Economics and Management, 4(1): 18-37.

[9] Vixathep, S. and Matsunaga, N. (2015). "Firm Efficiency in Cambodia's Garment Industry on the Eve of Multi-Fiber Arrangement Termination." Asian Economic Journal, , 26(4): 359-380.

[10] Vixathep, S. and Matsunaga, N. (2015). "Firm Performance in a Transitional Economy: A Case Study of Vietnam's Garment Industry."Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, , 17(1): 74-93.