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Inequality and intergenerational mobility in Vietnam (2020_2_40_001)


Over the span of one generation of rapid economic growth in Vietnam, the Gini index of aggregate income inequality has remained quite stable. However, this disguises wide variation in the distribution of gains across groups in society. The rapidly changing structure of output and employment is expanding opportunities in different ways for different groups. Among poorer households, those with the closest connections to dynamically growing urban and industrial labor markets are doing better. How uniformly will gains enjoyed by the current generation be transmitted to the next generation? What factors will explain variations in intergenerational mobility, and what will those variations mean for overall inequality and long-run economic growth? In this study we propose to examine intergenerational mobility through the channel of human capital investment, specifically education. Our inquiries will operate at a national scale, over the rural population as a whole, and within the rural population in the targeted case studies. Project output will consist of publishable research papers with in-depth coverage based on appropriate data and methods at each scale, but will also benefit from the insights of research conducted at other scales.


April 2020 - March 2022

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Kojin Emi
[ Co-researcher ] Tsukada Kazunari
[ Co-researcher ] Ian Coxhead (Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-MadisonProfessor and Department Chair)
  • IDE Research Bulletin / Discussion Paper