Griffith Asia Institute - Institutions, Openness, and poverty: a provincial analysis of Vietnam

Griffith Asia Institute - Institutions, Openness, and poverty: a provincial analysis of Vietnam

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Apart from generating the usual gains from trade, trade liberalisation often prompts and interacts with institutional reforms which may, themselves, reduce barriers and rigidities disadvantaging the poor. This study investigates the effects of institutional reforms and trade openness on household welfare at the provincial level in Vietnam. The study employs a model of micro-determinants of growth and applies it to a set of provincial panel data taken from the Vietnam Household Living Standards Surveys (VHLSSs) of 2006, 2008, and 2010, as well as the Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI). This represents perhaps the first attempt to directly capture the effects of institutional reforms on welfare in Vietnam. The results suggest that institutional reforms and provincial openness are associated with poverty reduction and improvements in household welfare.

The presentation will cover both the main points of the analysis, in relatively non-technical terms, and the details of the econometric estimation; the relative emphasis will depend on the audience’s interests.


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