: on 27 July 2012, a workshop to launch six in-depth studies based on the household survey 2010 was organized at the Central Institute of Economic Management. The studies are expected to inform policy-making in the area of rural economy development in Vietnam.
A workshop to launch in-depth studies on 6 crucial issues impacting rural households in Vietnam was organised at the Central Institute of Economic Management (CIEM) on 27 July2012. The workshop enjoyed participation of various research institutes, universities, ministries, international organizations and mass media.
The in-depth studies have been developed based on data from the Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS) which has been conducted on a repeated sample of around 3,000 rural households spread across 12 provinces in 2006, 2008 and 2010. VARHS is a totally unique survey instrument in Vietnam since it has produced a highly rich data set over a series of time based on which crucial issues associated with rural households can be studied to help the Vietnamese government address challenges in the rural economy.
Workshop chaired by Dr. Le Xuan Ba, President of CIEM
The studies have looked into 6 major issues: agricultural commercialization, land fragmentation, income shocks, social capital savings, rural credit and welfare dynamics. Among others, the results show that economic growth in Vietnam has made many households better off, but many others have not improved their living situation while still others have actually become poorer. It is expected that the studies will provide policymakers with a detailed picture of key difficulties facing rural economy across Vietnam, and assist them in creating innovative new policies to combat poverty.
The research work is an outcome of the research cooperation between the Central Institute of Economic Management, the Institute for Labour Science and Social Affairs, and the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, and the University of Copenhagen with support from the Danida-funded Business Sector Programme.