This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. The volume provides an in-depth evaluation of the development of rural life in Viet Nam over the past decade, combining a unique primary source of time-series panel data with the best micro-econometric analytical tools available. It generates a comprehensive understanding of the impact of rural household access to markets for land, labour, and capital, on the one hand, and government policies on growth, inequality, and poverty at the village level, on the other, including the distribution of gains and losses from economic growth. It also serves as a lens through which other countries and the international development community at large may wish to approach the daunting task of pursuing a meaningful data revolution as an integral element of the 2030 sustainable development agenda.
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Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics
09 March 2017
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1: Finn Tarp: Viet Nam: Setting the Scene PART I: A RURAL ECONOMY TRANSFORMATION 2: Kasper Brandt and Finn Tarp: Characteristics of the VARHS Data and other Data Sources 3: Ulrik Beck: Rural Transformation: A Commune-Level Analysis 4: Andy McKay, Chiara Cazzuffi, and Emilie Perge: Commercialization in Agriculture: 2006-14 PART II: KEY PRODUCTION FACTORS AND INSTITUTIONS 5: Christina Kinghan and Carol Newman: The Rural Non-Farm Economy 6: Thomas Markussen: Land Issues 2006-14: Property Rights and Investment 7: Gaia Narciso: 1 Rural Labour and Migration 8: Heidi Kaila: Information and communication technology PART III: WELFARE OUTCOMES AND DISTRIBUTIONAL ISSUES 9: Thomas Markussen: Social and Political Capital 10: Andy McKay and Finn Tarp: Welfare Dynamics: 2006-14 11: Carol Newman: Gender Inequality and the Empowerment of Women 12: Gaia Narciso and Carol Newman: Children and the youth 13: Saurabh Singhal and Ulrik Beck: Ethnic Disadvantage: Evidence using Panel Data 14: Finn Tarp: Lessons Learnt and Policy Implications
Finn Tarp is Director of UNU-WIDER and Professor of Development Economics at the University of Copenhagen. He has some 38 years of experience in academic and applied development economics research, teaching, and policy analysis; and his field experience covers more than 20 years of in-country assignments in 35 countries across the developing world, including many years of work in Viet Nam. Finn Tarp has published widely in leading international academic journals alongside a series of books, and he is a member of the World Bank Chief Economist's Council of Eminent Persons. He has been awarded the Vietnamese Government Medals of Honour for 'Support to the Planning and Investment System' and the 'Cause of Science and Technology'.