[Dec. 20, 2007] VDF-TOKYO's FIRST WORKSHOP IN 2008
The first VDF-Tokyo workshop in the year 2008 (or
its 40th workshop) will be held on Saturday 12 January, 2008. Mr. Nguyen Hiep
(Kobe University) will share his findings on export decisions of firms in
Vietnam. We will update his paper and presentation on VDF-Tokyo website soon.
Please check back!
[Dec. 17, 2007] SUMMARY FOR VDF-TOKYO's 39TH WORKSHOP IS READY
The summary for VDF-Tokyo's 39th workshop on the
impact of provincial ODA in infrastructure on the provincial FDI in Vietnam is
ready. Please click
for the details.
[Dec. 14, 2007] HSBC INSURANCE HAS A NEW PUBLICATION ON
GENDER ASPECTS OF RETIREMENT...
The HSBC Insurance, under research coordination of
the Oxford Institute of Ageing (OIA) of the University of Oxford, has published
a report on gender aspects of retirement with special focus on some Asian
countries. Unfortunately, the report does not have analysis on the Vietnamese
case. The main authors of the report are Prof. Sarah Harper and Dr. George
Leeson of the OIA, whom I worked closely when I was a visiting fellow there in
[Dec. 11, 2007] VDF-TOKYO 38TH WORKSHOP ON ODA AND FDI...
On December 15, VDF-Tokyo will welcome Ms. Pham Thu
Hien from FASID-GRIPS Joint Program on International Development to present her
findings on the impacts of ODA in infrastructure on the FDI inflows to provinces
in Vietnam. All is welcome!
[Dec. 10, 2007] JEPA2007 AT HOSEI UNIVERSITY IN TOKYO
On December 8-9, 2007, Prof. Wade Pfau and me
participated in the annual conference 2007 of the Japan Economic Policy
Association (JEPA2007) at Hosei University. We were at the same session on
social welfare policy. Prof. Pfau presented our research on the impacts of
international remittances on household welfare in Vietnam, and I made a
presentation of our research on the living arrangements of the elderly in
Vietnam. In the Conference, Prof. Pfau chaired a similar session on social
welfare policy, and I was discussant of a paper on evaluation of the
governmental micro-credit program for the poor in Vietnam.
[Dec. 07, 2007] VDF SEMINARS IN HANOI AND HCMC TO INTRODUCE TWO VOLUMES OF SOCIAL
On December 3, 2007, at VDF Hanoi, we held a
seminar to introduce two volumes of the book on social issues in Vietnam under
economic transformation and integration. We welcomed participants from different
institutions, both academic and policy-making, in Hanoi. Prof. Kenichi Ohno (VDF
research director) made comments on the book, and I presented the key points of
the book, while Mr. Tran Duy Dong (MPI)-- an author of the book -- shared his
findings with participants. Possible research cooperation was also discussed for
the coming activities at the VDF.
With the same purposes and with an expectation to expand our research network to
the South, under cooperation and coordination of the Southern Institute of
Social Sciences (SISS), we also held another seminar to introduce the book. More
than 30 participants attended the seminar with a number of comments and
questions on the social issues in the book, as well as possibilities to work
with each other. Ms. Duong Kim Hong (VDF) presented her survey results on female
migrants in Hanoi and HCMC for the coming VDF book on migration issues.
[Dec. 02, 2007] MOLISA SEMINAR ON
IMPLEMENTATION OF SOCIAL INSURANCE LAW
On 29-30 November, 2007, I attended the seminar
on evaluation of Social Insurance Law, which has been in effect since January 1,
2007. This seminar was held by the Social Insurance Dept. of the MOLISA and the
ILO. More than 40 participants from different provinces' social insurance
departments, experts, and policy makers attended the seminar. Open discussions
were exchanged among seminar holders and participants.
[Nov. 28, 2007] VDF SEMINARS TO
INTRODUCE BOOKS ON SOCIAL ISSUES
VDF will hold two seminars at VDF-Hanoi office (on
3 Dec., 2007) and at the Southern Institute of Social Sciences (SISS) in HCMC
(on 6 Dec., 2007) to introduce two books on social issues, which were
respectively published in March and October 2007, as well as call for
contributions to the new volume focusing on migration issues. Our invited guests
are from various domestic and foreign institutions in Vietnam, including MOLISA,
UNDP, World Bank, ADB, and NGOs as well. More about the book
[Nov. 27, 2007] MOLISA WORKSHOP ON PENSION REFORMS
On 29-30 November, 2007, the Department of
Social Insurance of Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs
(MOLISA), Vietnam, will hold a workshop to discuss about adjustments of past
contributions of the pension scheme participants based on Consumer Price Index
(CPI). The workshop also aims to evaluate implementation issues after one year
of the Social Insurance Law. MOLISA and ILO experts will exchange views on these
[Nov. 26, 2007] SUMMARY OF THE 37TH
Today we uploaded the summary of the 37th VDF-Tokyo workshop on VDF-Tokyo
website. If you could not attend, and want to know the details, click
[Nov. 21, 2007] RCHSP/OECD & WORLD
BANK EXPERTS' MEETING ON PENSION REFORMS
November 19-20, 2007, I participated in the RCHSP/OECD and the
World Bank Experts' Meeting on Pension Reforms. A report prepared by a group of
OECD pension specialists was presented, and the respective participant(s)
from each country made comments and updated information for the report. This
was interesting meeting, as a lot of information about current pension schemes
in the Asia-Pacific regions were presented and discussed. The final report will
be tentatively publicized in next summer.
[Nov. 16, 2007] PRESENTATION FOR 38th
We have uploaded the presentation file for the 38th workshop
on November 17, 2007. If you want to get it in advance,
[Nov. 14, 2007] EXPERTS' MEETING ON MODELING REGIONAL
PENSION SYSTEMS IN SEOUL, KOREA
19-20, 2007, I will participate in the Joint OCED/Korea
Regional Center for Health and Social Policy (RCHSP) and
World Bank Experts Meeting on Modeling Regional Pension
Systems in Seoul. In this Meeting, many leading researchers
of the field will discuss the current operation of the
regional pension schemes, and provide rough estimations to
compare DB and DC schemes.
[Nov. 12, 2007] VDF-TOKYO 38th
On Saturday 17 November, 2007, VDF-Tokyo will hold the 38th
workshop. This time we will invite Mr. Imran Ullah Khan (a
PhD candidate of GRIPS-FASID Program) to present his
research findings on international trade.
[Nov. 07, 2007] PRESENTATION AT IIASA
On 6th of November, 2007, I presented my co-authored paper
with Prof. Wade Pfau (GRIPS) at the IIASA. This presentation
was organized by Dr. Larry Willmore and his colleagues at
the Institute. A lot of questions and comments were
discussed to improve the findings. Thanks Sasakawa
Scientific Research Grant 2007 for making my trip enable.
[Oct. 30, 2007] RESEARCH TRIP UNDER
From 3rd to 11th of November 2007, I will go to Austria to
present my joint paper with Prof. Wade Pfau (GRIPS), namely
"Aging, Poverty, and the Role of Social Pensions in Vietnam"
at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
(IIASA). This trip is under Sasakawa Research Grant 2007
from the Japan Science Society, which I has been awarded to
conduct the research. The workshop arrangements have been
enable thanked to
Dr. Larry Willmore
and his colleagues at IIASA. More about
[Oct. 27, 2007] UPDATED PROGRAM OF
The Sixth International Conference of the Japan Economic
Policy Association (JEPA) will be held on 8-9 December, 2007 at Hosei University
in Tokyo. My joint paper with Prof. Wade Pfau (GRIPS), namely "Patterns and
Determinants of the Living Arrangements of the Elderly in Vietnam", has been
accepted, and will be presented in Section 8-A (Welfare and Social Security
[Oct. 18, 2007] GDN-IPPR CALL FOR
RESEARCH ON MIGRATION...
GDN and IPPR are calling for research participation from
researchers residing in developing countries in the global
research on optimizing economic and social impacts of
[Oct. 15, 2007] THE 37th VDF-TOKYO WORKSHOP...
October 20, 2007, VDF-Tokyo will hold the 37th monthly workshop. We will
welcome Mr. Tran Viet Ha (PhD candidate, Kyoto University) to present his
findings on the stock market in Vietnam. Please feel free to join us at
[Oct. 14, 2007] THE VSET2007 WAS GREATLY SUCCESSFUL...
VSET2007 was successfully held on Saturday, October 13, 2007. About 100
participants attended in two keynote speeches and 14 presentations in three
sessions on economics, civil engineering, and information technology. After
the symposium, we gathered in an exciting and friendly reception party.
Thanks all of you for your continuous supports and active participation.
[October 11, 2007] THE VSET2007 IS AT HIGH TIME...
Only two days left for us to welcome you to our VSET2007. Finally, we will
have two keynote speakers; 14 presentations for three parallel sessions; and
8 posters. About 150 people registered to join us on the day. Please access
our official website for further details. You are always welcome to attend
and share your research ideas with us.
[October 07, 2007] THE SECOND VOLUME OF SOCIAL BOOK IS IN PRESS
The book Social Issues under Economic Transformation and Integration in
Vietnam, Volume Two is now in press. The same as the Volume One, this Volume
Two contains five Chapters, excluding Introductory chapter, which were
written by VDF and outside scholars. The book contents have been updated on
VDF-Hanoi's website. Please contact us again to get hard copies, which are
expected to come out at the end of this October.
[October 06, 2007] MY PAPER ON VIETNAMESE PENSION SCHEME WAS HIGHLIGHTED AT
My paper, namely "Pension Liabilities and Generational Relations: The Case
of Vietnam", has been highlighted at ID21. This paper was completed in 2005
when I was a visiting research fellow at the Oxford Institute of Ageing (OIA),
the University of Oxford under Leslie Kirkley Felowship, and it is currently
OIA Working Paper No. 106. The paper uses closed-group approach to estimate
the size of pension liabilities of the current PAYG DB in Vietnam, and
discusses generational relations. ID21 is funded by the British government's
Department for International Development and is one of a family of knowledge
services at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of
[October 03, 2007] VSET2007's PROGRAM HAS BEEN FINALIZED
The program for the VSET2007 on
October 13, 2007 has been finalized. We will have two prominent keynote
speakers and 14 presentations to share their research ideas and findings. In
addition to the oral presentation, I have also contributed two posters: one
is about exploration for a universal non-contributory pension scheme for the
elderly in Vietnam, and the other is about poverty of the elderly households
[Sep 28, 2007] TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY BOOK HAS BEEN DISSEMINATED ON THE GDN
The Global Development Network (GDN) is one of
the largest research information networks for thousands of researchers
around the world. To further disseminate our research findings for Vietnam,
GDN has helped us to uploaded our book Technical Efficiency and
Productivity Growth in Vietnam: Parametric and Non-parametric Analyses (published
in March 2007) on GDN website. We welcome all the comments on the book. Our book>>>
[Sep 27, 2007] VSET2007's PROGRAM HAS BEEN UPDATED
The program for the VSET2007 on October 13,
2007 has been updated. We will have two prominent keynote speakers:
Professor Kenichi Ohno (GRIPS & VDF) and Professor Ho Tu Bao (JAIST). Also,
we have 11 presenters for three parallel sessions.
[Sep 23, 2007] PRESENTATION AT THE VSET2007
In addition to the roles as the Chairman of the
VSET2007, and the coordinator for the Economics and Social Issues session, I
will also be a presenter of the session. The main contents of the
presentation will be growth, inequality, and poverty in Vietnam during the
past two decades. Some recent studies on the elderly population in Vietnam
will also be considered and discussed.
[Sep 19, 2007] VIETNAMESE SYMPOSIUM ON ECONOMICS AND TECHNOLOGY 2007
On Saturday, October 13, 2007, VDF-Tokyo and
Japanese-Vietnamese Engineers Exchange Forum (JVEEF) will hold the
Vietnamese Symposium on Economics and Technology 2007 (VSET2007). Prof.
Kenichi Ohno - VDF's Director of Research - will be the keynote speaker. I
am responsible for the Economics and Social Issues Session, where
tentatively four presentations will be discussed. Work is in progress.
[Sep 12, 2007] VDF-TOKYO 36th WORKSHOP ON STOCK MARKET IN VIETNAM
The 36th Monthly Workshop of the VDF-Tokyo will be held on Saturday,
September 22, 2007. Mr. Vuong Thanh Long from Kobe University will share his
research findings on the stock market in Vietnam.
[Sep 11, 2007] ISEAS' WORKSHOP SUMMARY ON THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN TIMES
A short summary on the International Workshop on Financing Issues for an
Ageing Society in the Southeast Asia was posted on the Southeast Asian
Times. This report briefed the contents of presentations from different
countries in the region on the aging issues
[Sep 10, 2007] ISEAS INT'L WORKSHOP ON FINANCING AN AGING SOCIETY IN
In three days from 3rd to 5th of September
2007, I attended and presented a co-authored paper with Prof. Wade Pfau at
the International Workshop on Financing Issues for an Ageing Society in
Southeast Asia, which was hosted by the Institute of Souteast Asian Studies
(ISEAS) in Singapore. This event provided great chances to exchange and
discuss views on aging population and pension reforms with many scholars and
government officials. Report by photos
[Sep 1, 2007] VDF's NEW BOOK IN PRESS: SOCIAL ISSUES BOOK VOLUME 2
In early September, with various supports from
colleagues from VDF, GRIPS, and NEU, I could be able to finish editing the
Volume 2 of the book Social Issues under Economic Transformation and
Integration in Vietnam. This book comprises six chapters, including the
Introduction chapter. Growth, poverty, institutional reforms, street
children, migration and social security, and elderly living arrangements are
covered in the book. Please check back our VDF's website for news on
[Aug 30, 2007] FIRST VDF-TOKYO AND JVEEF MEETING FOR A JOINT SYMPOSIUM IN
A group of members of VDF and
Japanese-Vietnamese Engineers Exchange Forum (JVEEF) will hold a meeting on
September 1, 2007 to prepare for a joint symposium on economics and
technology. Tentatively, the symposium will be held at GRIPS campus on
Saturday October 13, 2007. Please check back for more detailed information.
2007] SUBMISSION OF PAPER TO ISEAS
On August 24, 2007, we submitted the final paper to ISEAS for The
International Workshop on Financing Issues of an Ageing Society in Southeast
Asia. Our paper (co-authored by myself and Prof. Wade Pfau) discusses
about creating a universal non-contributory pension scheme for the elderly
in Vietnam. The findings for such scheme show that it would be able to
substantially reduce poverty for the elderly and their households. We will
update more on this paper later.
[Aug 22, 2007] SUMMARY OF VDF-TOKYO 35th WORKSHOP ON MONETARY TRANSMISSION
I just completed summarizing the contents of the 35th Monthly Workshop by
Mr. Le Viet Hung (GRIPS / SBV). The summary has been uploaded on VDF-Tokyo
[Aug 10] THE 35th WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 18, 2007 AT GRIPS
The 35th workshop will be held on Saturday August 18, 2007. Mr. Le Viet Hung
(GRIPS student, and an expert of SBV) will present his findings on the
monetary transmission mechanism in Vietnam. More
here for paper and
[July 30, 2007] SUMMARY OF 34th VDF-TOKYO WORKSHOP
The summary for the 34th workshop has been uploaded. Please check VDF-Tokyo
website for detail.
[July 17, 2007] FULL SUMMARY OF THE THIRD VDF-TOKYO CONFERENCE
Full summary of the Third VDF-Tokyo Conference on the Development of Vietnam
has been uploaded on the website. More than 50 participants attended our
Conference. The Conference provided a lot of chances for exchanging and
discussing research ideas and practical policy issues. Please check
of the Third Conference for further details.
[July 14, 2007] VDF-TOKYO
On July 21, 2007, VDF-Tokyo will invite Ms. Nguyen Bich Thuy (PhD candidate,
Waseda Univ. & Lecturer, Hanoi Commerce University) to share her research
findings on the localization policies for the automobile industry in
Vietnam. Please check VDF-Tokyo website for her paper and presentation
[July 4, 2007] SECOND MEETING FOR APPP ALUMNI
On June 28, 2007, APPP held the
second on-line meeting for its alumni. About 50 participants attended via
communication systems provided by the World Bank Development Learning Center
in Tokyo, Hanoi, Beijing, Jakarta, and Manila. It was a great time to know
more about alumni of APPP on their personal and career progresses. Click
here for a short report by photos.
[June 29, 2007] SUMMARY OF 33rd VDF-TOKYO WORKSHOP
The summary for the 33th workshop has been uploaded. Please click
here for detail.
[June 20, 2007] 33th WORKSHOP
ON 23 JUNE 2007
On 23rd June, 2007, VDF-Tokyo will invite Mr. Tran Huu Tra (MA student of
Niigata Univ. & Patent Attorney of Tra & Associates Law Firm in Hanoi) to
present the current status of registration and enforcement of trademark in
Vietnam. This is an important policy issue when Vietnam has officially
become a member of the WTO. Check our VDF-Tokyo website for his research
abstract and presentation.
[June 16, 2007] VIETNAMESE
VERSION OF SOCIAL ISSUES BOOK, VOL. 1, HAS BEEN RELEASED
The Vietnamese version of Volume 1 of Social Issues under
Economic Transformation and Integration in Vietnam has been printed. Please
contact VDF-Hanoi and VDF-Tokyo to get a free copy, if you are interested in
[June 14, 2007] APPP's SECOND
On June 28, 2007, Asian Public Policy Program (APPP) of Hitotsubashi Univ.
will hold the second on-line alumni meeting at the World Bank Development
Learning Center in Tokyo. As scheduled, many alumni of the program from
Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines will attend. Please
check back later as a report by photos will be provided after the meeting.
[June 3, 2007] VDF-TOKYO
THIRD CONFERENCE WAS FINISHED WITH A GREAT SUCCESS
Otsukaresama deshita! After a long way to prepare for just only one-day
conference, we finished the Third VDF-Tokyo Conference with a great success.
We welcomed more than 50 participants from Japan, Vietnam, France, and the
UK to attend. Two keynote and five paper presentations were discussed with a
lot of interesting questions and comments. Check our
website later for a
full summary of activities.
[May 28, 2007] FINAL PROGRAM
& PROCEEDINGS OF VDF-TOKYO THIRD CONFERENCE
We just uploaded the final program and proceedings of our coming VDF-Tokyo
Third Conference on the Development of Vietnam, which will be held on
Saturday June 2, 2007. Prof. Kenichi Ohno (GRIPS / VDF) and Dr. Adam McCarty
(Mekong Economics Ltd.) will be two keynote speakers. There will also five
presenters to share their findings. Prof. Wade Pfau will present our
co-authored paper on the impacts of remittances on the Vietnamese household
welfare. Please access the official
of the Conference for further
[May 10, 2007] FULL BOOK ON SOCIAL ISSUES HAS BEEN UPLOADED
We have uploaded the final version of the social issues book Volume 1 in
both VDF-Hanoi and VDF-Tokyo websites. For smaller and separate papers,
here. For full book
(approx. 13MB), please access
[April 20, 2007] ENGLISH
VERSION OF SOCIAL ISSUES BOOK, VOL. 1, HAS BEEN RELEASED
The English version of Volume 1 of Social Issues under
Economic Transformation and Integration in Vietnam has been printed.
Please contact VDF-Hanoi and VDF-Tokyo to get a free copy, if you are
interested in the book.
[March 15, 2007] A RESEARCH
TRIP TO HANOI AND HCMC FOR A NEW BOOK AND VDF NETWORKING
From 1st to 10th March, with VDF-Tokyo mission, I went back to
Hanoi to hold a seminar to introduce a new book edited by Prof. Nguyen Khac
Minh and myself. This book is a collection of papers from the National
Project between Faculty of Economics of NEU and Faculty of Economics of
Thammasat Univ. The printing of the book was funded by VDF-Hanoi.
Also, on 8-9th March, we had a research trip to HCMC, in which I visited the
Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP) and the Southern Institute of
Social Sciences. A lot of interesting information were exchanged with many
scholars in these institutions.
[February 25, 2007] BOOK ON
TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH IN VIETNAM HAS BEEN RELEASED
The book Technical Efficiency and Productivity Growth in Vietnam:
Parametric and Non-parametric Analyses has been released. This book is a
collection of papers from the National Project between Faculty of Economics
of NEU and Faculty of Economics of Thammasat Univ. The printing of the book
was funded by VDF-Hanoi. Please download all the chapters of the book
here, if you are
interested in these topics.