Request for research proposals
Rural households in Viet Nam

The deadline for proposal submissions is closed.

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), as part of its current research programme focused on transformation, inclusion, and sustainability, is supporting analysis of data on rural households in Viet Nam. The project aims to generate in-depth and high-quality research studies, with a view to inform policy-formulation for broad-based, inclusive and sustainable growth.

Offer and expectations

Since 2006, the Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS) has been administered every two years to approximately 2,600 rural households in 12 provinces of Viet Nam. These surveys have been conducted in collaboration with two Vietnamese partners: the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) of the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam (MPI), and the Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA) of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs of Vietnam (MoLISA). 

The survey instrument consists of (i) a commune module and (ii) a household module. While there have been some modifications over the years, generally the same information was collected across all survey rounds. The commune questionnaire solicits information on commune infrastructure, access to services, income activities, and development programmes, etc. The household questionnaire solicits information on general characteristics of household members; agricultural activities, household enterprises, and other income generating activities; food expenditures; access to credit and other services; etc. The survey instruments and more details on the data can be found here.

In order to improve the understanding of critical issues related to household welfare in rural Viet Nam, UNU-WIDER invites proposals from qualified researchers for detailed economic analysis of this dataset. Proposals seeking to answer original, innovative, policy relevant questions and using different empirical approaches to explore the data are welcome. Proposals from individuals (or groups of individuals) as well as non-profit organizations/universities are welcome. Applications from suitably qualified early-career, female, and developing country researchers are particularly encouraged, both in their individual capacity and as part of teams

Researcher(s) with successful proposals will be granted access to five waves of VARHS data (2008–16).

Proposal submission

Submission of proposals is done electronically by using a form on this announcement page. Details (such as address, gender, nationality, date of birth) of all authors are required to be entered in the form. Proposal and short CVs (five pages or less) of author(s) should be uploaded in PDF format. It is recommended to familiarize yourself with the form in advance. Please note that late submissions will not be accepted.

Any questions on the proposal process should be sent to by 26 May 2017 23:59 EEST. All queries and responses will be published on this announcement page after all queries are received.

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