Panharoth Chhay

Dr Panharoth Chhay

Grant-Funded Researcher

School of Economics and Public Policy

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Panharoth joined the Centre for Global Food and Resources (CGFAR) at the University of Adelaide as a grant-funded researcher in February 2024, with her primary focus on researching the impacts of digital financial services in Cambodia and Laos. Prior to joining CGFAR, she served as a full-time research associate at the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). She has conducted applied microeconomics research on various development topics such as household access to rural electrification, clean energy for cooking, electricity outages, household shocks, gender, livelihoods, and food security in low and middle-income countries. Her current and past research spans multiple countries, including Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Her work has been featured in high-impact development studies and economics journals, such as World Development and Energy Economics. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from Kobe University in Japan in 2021.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2023 Nguyen, T. T., Do, M. H., Rahut, D. B., Nguyen, V. H., & Chhay, P. (2023). Female leadership, internet use, and performance of agricultural cooperatives in Vietnam. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 94(3), 877-903.
    DOI Scopus4
    2022 Rahut, D. B., Aryal, J. P., Chhay, P., & Sonobe, T. (2022). Ethnicity/caste-based social differentiation and the consumption of clean cooking energy in Nepal: An exploration using panel data. Energy Economics, 112, 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus7
    2021 Chhay, P., & Yamazaki, K. (2021). Rural electrification and changes in employment structure in Cambodia. World Development, 137, 11 pages.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS3
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2022 Rahut, D. B., Aryal, J. P., Chhay, P., & Morgan, P. (2022). Examining micro and small enterprises from a gender perspective in urban Cambodia. In A. Das, & B. Susantono (Eds.), Informal services in Asian cities: Lessons for urban planning and management from the COVID-19 pandemic (pp. 215-252). Asian Development Bank Institute and Asian Development Bank.
  • Working Paper

    Year Citation
    2023 Chhay, P., Rahut, D. B., Tashi, S., & Chamberlin, J. (2023). Does Wild Food Contribute to Food Security? Evidence from Rural Bhutan. Asian Development Bank Institute.
    2022 Chhay, P., & Rahut, D. B. (2022). Health shocks and over-indebtedness: A panel data analysis from rural Viet Nam. Asian Development Bank Institute.
  • Position: Grant-Funded Researcher
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: 10 Pulteney Street - Nexus 10 Tower, floor Sixth Floor
  • Org Unit: Centre for Global Food and Resources

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