Using household data for rural northern Viet Nam between 1993 and 2014, we find that theethnic minority group continued to lag behind the majority group in various developmentindicators despite the overall improvement in living standards. Our regression anddecomposition analyses show that the structural differences between the two groups are animportant cause of the persistent development gap. However, the nature of structuraldifferences changed over time and no single source of structural difference explains thepersistent gap. We argue that more minority-appropriate policies are needed to lift poorminority households out of poverty further and reduce the development gap.
Asian Studies | Behavioral Economics
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Has the development gap between the ethnic minority and majority groups narrow in Vietnam?: Evidence from household surveys. (2017). World Economy. Research Collection School Of Economics.
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