Policy seminar – Growth, structural transformation, and rural change in Viet Nam

Policy makers, researchers, and students of development will gather on 4 May 2017 in Hanoi to discuss the new UNU-WIDER book, Growth, Structural Transformation, and Rural Change in Viet Nam: A Rising Dragon on the Move. 

The book — available in English and in Vietnamese (data available here) — draws on over fifteen years of work on the Viet Nam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS), which was first piloted in 2002. The survey, carried out every two years, has provided rich data on several thousand rural households during a major economic transition. It has brought rise to new knowledge on the dynamics of household economic activities, and has deepened understanding of access to productive resources in rural regions of the country.  

The event is held in collaboration with project partners at the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM). Partnerships have been essential to carrying out VARHS, with involvement over the years from the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (CAP-IPSARD), the Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA), and the Development Economics Research Group (DERG) of the University of Copenhagen in addition to CIEM and UNU-WIDER. 

Programme (also in PDF English and Vietnamese
08:00-08:30 Registration
08:30-08:45 Opening remarks
Nguyen Dinh Cung, President, CIEM
Finn Tarp, Director, UNU-WIDER
08:45-9:30 Growth, Structural Transformation, and Rural Change in Viet Nam: A Rising Dragon on the Move | Slides in English and in Vietnamese
Finn Tarp, Director, UNU-WIDER
09:30-10:00 Tea Break
10:00-10:45 Commentary
Le Dang Doanh, former President, CIEM
Dang Kim Son, former Director General, IPSARD
Nguyen Thi Lan Huong, former Director, ILSSA
10:45-11:15 Open discussion
11:15-11:30 Conclusion
Nguyen Dinh Cung, President, CIEM
11:30 Lunch
About the project

Structural transformation and inclusive growth in Viet Nam responds to the call by the UN Secretary General for reliable, timely and better disaggregated, country level data in the search for an evidence-based course to realizing economic transformation and sustainable development in a post-2015 development context. Specifically, the project builds on – and further develops – two unique firm and rural household panel data sets in Viet Nam, a dynamic East-Asian economy. Read more