EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The welfare impact of Viet Nam’s national target programme ‘building a new countryside’: A quasi-experimental evaluation

Verwimp Philip and Zhang Sisi

No 164, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: We evaluate the impact on household income of Viet Nam’s national target programme to build a new countryside for the period from 2010 to 2015.The purpose of the programme is to modernize rural Viet Nam. Given the universal implementation of the programme, we use a quasi-experimental approach whereby we employ three evaluation techniques which each have their own strengths and weaknesses: an income growth model (ordinary least squares), differences-in-differences, and propensity score matching.We exploit the fact that not all rural communes graduated by the end of the period as ‘new rural communes’ and consider the unsuccessful communes as our comparison group. We find that the programme was responsible for an increase in household income of between 16 and 28 per cent, depending on the evaluation method used. As the comparison communes have also benefited to some extent from the programme, these percentages are an underestimate of the true effect.We also find that the programme was pro-poor and that it raised non-farm income in particular.

Keywords: Poverty reduction; Household income; Impact evaluation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev and nep-tra
Date: 2018
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.wider.unu.edu/sites/default/files/Publi ... r/PDF/wp2018-164.pdf

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2018-164

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Mauricio Roa Grisales ().

 
Page updated 2019-08-18
Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2018-164