Characteristics of the Vietnamese rural economy: Evidence from 2016

Policy Seminar

Policy Seminar - Launch of the report 'Characteristics of the Vietnamese rural economy: Evidence from a 2016 rural household survey in 12 provinces of Viet Nam'

Policy makers, researchers, and students of development gathered on 7 November 2017 in Hanoi to discuss the results and policy implications of the report 'Characteristics of the Vietnamese rural economy: Evidence from a 2016 rural household survey in 12 provinces of Viet Nam'.
Launch of the report at CIEM Viet Nam

The report – available in English and Vietnamese – highlights key findings on structural transformation and welfare in rural Viet Nam data. Overall, the report, based on 2016 data from the Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS), finds that the ongoing structural transformation has improved people’s well-being as well as access to government support and services helping to lift them out of poverty. However, significant disparities in welfare and access to resources across different household groups remain.

Preliminary findings were shared at a consultation meeting at the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) in May 2017.

VARHS, carried out every other year since 2006, 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.  

Programme (PDF in English)
13:00-13:30 Registration
Opening remarks
Dr Nguyen Dinh Cung, President, CIEM
Prof Finn Tarp, Director, UNU-WIDER
13:45-14:45 Main findings of the report
Prof Finn Tarp and Dr Saurabh Singhal, UNU-WIDER
14:45-15:00 Tea Break
Prof Dr Vu Thi Minh, Senior expert, lecturer at National Economics University
Prof Dr Chu Tiến Quang, Senior expert
16:00-16:30 Discussion
16:30-16:45 Conclusion
Dr Nguyen Dinh Cung, President, CIEM
View and download the presentation slides in English and Vietnamese

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