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Microeconomic Impacts of Institutional Change in Vietnam’s Northern Uplands

Empirical Studies on Social Capital, Land and Credit Institutions

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Camille Saint-Macary

The Doi Moi reforms initiated in Vietnam in 1986 to lead the transition from a centrally-planned to a market-oriented economy have entailed deep institutional transformations. At the national level, achievements have been impressive, the high economic growth in all sectors of the economy have permitted to divide poverty incidence by three in the country since 1993. Mountainous regions and its inhabitants, however, have lagged behind in the process. There, the combination of poverty and the degradation of natural resources remains a pressing issue. Drawing on a conceptual framework that highlights the determinant role of institutions in the poverty-environment nexus, this book investigates the sources of success and failure in the current institutional framework to address objectives of equity, economic growth and environmental sustainability in Vietnam’s mountains. The empirical investigation uses an original dataset collected in a rural district and examines three critical dimensions: the definition of land rights, the functioning of credit markets, and the formation of social capital.
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Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

Zugl.: Hohenheim, Univ., 2012

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Saint-Macary, Camille, 1982- author. Microeconomic impacts of institutional change in Vietnam's northern uplands empirical studies on social capital, land and credit institutions / Camille Saint-Macary. pages cm. — (Development economics and policy, ISSN 0948-1338 ; vol. 71) Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-3-631-63949-8 — ISBN 978-3-653-04253-5 (e-book) 1. Vietnam, Northern—Economic conditions. 2. Vietnam, Northern—Rural conditions. 3. Uplands—Economic aspects—Vietnam, Northern. 4. Land tenure—Vietnam, Northern. 5. Agricultural credit—Vietnam, Northern. 6. Infrastructure (Economics)—Vietnam, Northern. I. Title. HC444.Z7S25 2014 330.9597'1—dc23

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D 100 ISSN 0948-1338 ISBN 978-3-631-63949-8 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-04253-5 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-04253-5

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