Journal Article: How polarized is the global income distribution?
The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution.
Policy Brief: The business environment of Mozambican manufacturing firms
The 2017 Survey of Mozambican Manufacturing Firms builds on data collected in 2012 from surviving firms to trace how changing economic conditions have affected the development of firms over five years.
Inclusive growth in Mozambique – scaling-up research and capacity
The central goal of the project is to support inclusive growth, growth that substantially improves the living standards of the Mozambican population.
Journal Special Issue: Fiscal Policy, State Building and Economic Development
This journal presents a synopsis of the contextual conditions, factors and challenges under which the recent evolution of tax systems has taken place. The journal, as the studies in this collection, gives special emphasis to the role natural endowments, p
UNU Annual Report 2017
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Working PaperEconomic and non-economic returns to Communist Party membership in Viet Nam
Single-party political systems exist in a number of countries, such as China and Viet Nam. In these countries, party membership is potentially an important source of economic and social status...Communist Party membership Income Credit
Journal ArticleDrivers of productivity in Vietnamese SMEs: the role of management standards and innovation
Using a rich panel dataset of small and medium scale manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) active in the manufacturing sector in Viet Nam, this paper investigates the drivers of firm productivity, focusing on the role played by international management st...Management standards ISO certification Technological innovations
Journal ArticleDoes managerial personality matter?: Evidence from firms in Vietnam
Using novel data from micro, small and medium firms in Vietnam, we estimate the relationship between behavioural and personality traits of owners/managers – risk attitudes, locus of control, and innovativeness – and firm-level decisions...Entrepreneurship SMEs Firm performance
Working PaperComparing estimated and self-reported mark-ups for formal and informal firms in an emerging market context
Using a 10-year panel survey covering Vietnamese manufacturing firms, we consistently obtain firm-specific mark-up estimates and relate these to firm-level formality...Firm productivity Formality Viet Nam
Working PaperFirm-level corruption: Unravelling sand from grease
This paper adds to the recent literature on firm-level corruption by relying on rich data including detailed information on the purpose and amounts of bribe payments among Vietnamese micro, small, and medium firms...Corruption Firm performance Small and medium enterprises
Working PaperThe missing middle: Growing and strengthening Viet Nam’s micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises
We study the exporting and subcontracting decisions, mark-ups, market concentration, and growth of a panel of Vietnamese private micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. Our main findings are as follows...Viet Nam Exporting Subcontracting
Working PaperSocial networks, geographic proximity, and firm performance in Viet Nam
This paper uses panel data to assess the relative importance of social networks and geographic proximity to micro, small, and medium enterprises in Viet Nam...Social networks Geographic proximity Manufacturing firms
Working PaperDrivers of productivity in Vietnamese SMEs: The role of management standards and innovation
Using a rich panel dataset of SMEs active in the manufacturing sector in Viet Nam, this paper investigates the drivers of firm productivity, focusing on the role played by international management standards certification...Management standards ISO certification Technological innovations
Working PaperGroup-based inequalities: The case of Viet Nam
This paper examines the issue of horizontal inequalities in Viet Nam over the past 20 years...Viet Nam Horizontal inequality Ethnic relations
Working PaperGender matters: Private sector training in Vietnamese SMEs
In many developing countries the skill base is a cause of concern with respect to international competition. Firm-provided training is generally seen as an important tool for bridging the skills gap between labour force and private sector demand...Training Wages SME
In the mediaVietnamese firms lack funds for technological upgrades
SGGP English Edition, 5 November 2014Viet Nam Growth Economic policy (Business enterprises)