JUNE 02, 2007
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)


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Keynote Speakers


Dr. Kenichi Ohno
Drafting Motorbike Master Plan
under Market Orientation and Globalization


Dr. Kenichi Ohno is a professor of Economics at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo and  the research director of the Vietnam Development Forum (VDF). Professor Ohno has been working on Vietnam's development issues for more than 10 years. He published various articles, papers, and books on international trade, aid management, and industrial development strategies in developing countries. He was a recipient of Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanity, and Osagari Jiro Award for Critical Works in 2001 for the book Globalization of Developing Countries. He holds a Ph.D degree in Economics from Stanford University.

Dr. Adam McCarty
Vietnam: Economic Update 2006 and and Prospects to 2010


Dr. Adam McCarty, an Australian economist, has been working in Vietnam since 1992. He has worked for most ODA donors on many topics, including labor market reform, enterprise reform, microfinance, sectoral studies, and on trade policy and trade disputes (anti-dumping). During 2000-2003, Dr. McCarty was employed by the Institute for Social Studies (ISS) in the Netherlands as Advisor responsible for developing a Masters in Development Economics Program (MDE) at the National Economics University, Hanoi. He has been the Chief Economist of Mekong Economics Ltd. since 2001. His publications include several edited books and book chapters about Vietnam, as well as many research reports. He holds a Ph.D degree in Economics from the Australian National University (ANU).


Speakers and their Co-author

Dr. Nguyen Khac Minh

Growth and Efficiency Performance
of the Vietnamese Economy since Doi moi


Dr. Nguyen Khac Minh has been the research director of the Vietnam-Netherlands Masters in Development Economics Program (MDE) at the National Economics University (NEU), Hanoi, since 2006. During 2002-2006, he was dean of the Faculty of Economics of the University. His research interests include productivity, efficiency, international trade, and monetary and fiscal policy reforms. He published several articles, papers, and books on these fields. He holds a Ph.D degree in Economic Mathematics from NEU, and a Ph.D degree in Economics from Thammasat University, Thailand.


Dr. Yoko Niimi

Determinants of Remittances: Recent Evidence using Data on
Internal Migration in Vietnam

Dr. Yoko Niimi is currently working in the Development Research Group of the World Bank as a team member of the International Migration and Development Research Program. Her main publications and research interests include migration and remittance related issues, poverty and inequality assessments, the linkages between trade liberalization and poverty, and household behavioral analysis. She has an in-depth country interest in Vietnam and has also worked on Brazil and Nicaragua. She has recently completed her DPhil research at the University of Sussex, which examined households’ behavioral response to liberalization-induced food price shocks and the poverty implication in Vietnam. She has published articles, papers, and book chapters for the World Bank, in Journal of Asia-Pacific Economy, among others.

Dr. Wade Pfau

Remittances in Vietnam during Economic Integration:
Characteristics and Impacts on Household Welfare


Dr. Wade Pfau is an Associate Professor of Economics at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan. At GRIPS, he teaches economics to masters and Ph.D students, who are government officials coming to study in Japan from throughout Asia and Africa.  He earned a Ph.D in Economics from Princeton University under the guidance of Professors Alan Blinder and Harvey Rosen.  As an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, he studied economics, political science, and history.  He completed internships at the U.S. Social Security Administration, the White House, and the U.S. Senate. His main research interests are related to Social Security, pensions, and the economics of aging. Particularly, he is working to develop methods to better analyze the future outcomes of defined contribution pension programs. He published a number of articles, papers, and book chapters in National Tax Journal, Korean Economic Review, among others.


Dr. Virginie Diaz Pedregal

What is the Place of a Consumer Movement in a Transitional Economy? The Case of VINASTAS in Vietnam

Dr. Virginie Diaz Pedregal is a post-doctorate candidate in Sociology with CIRAD (Center for International Cooperation in Agriculture Research for Development), France. She is the author of a thesis, books and articles on fair trade and fairness of distribution. She actually works at the Rudec (Rural Development Center) and the IPSARD (Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development) in Vietnam. Her main fields of research are the institutionalization of consumers’ movements, attitudes and behaviours towards food risks, drinking water access for poor people in urban and rural zones, and fair trade and fair consumption.

Mr. Woojin Kang (presenter),
Dr. Raghav Gaiha (co-author)
Dr. Katsushi Imai (corresponding author)
Vulnerability and Poverty Dynamics in Vietnam

Mr. Woojin Kang is a Ph.D student at Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester. He holds a MSc in Economics at University of Manchester and currently working on Vulnerability and Poverty in Asian countries.    

Dr. Raghav Gaiha is a Professor of Public Policy, Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, and currently a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Centre for Population and Development Studies. He has held visiting fellowships at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Penn, University of Cambridge, and the World Bank. He has served as a Consultant with FAO, IFAD, ADB, DFID and WIDER. His research interests are in the areas of poverty, nutrition, infant mortality, institutions, and natural disasters. He has published in Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford Development Studies, among others.

Dr. Katsushi Imai is an assistant professor in Development Economics at Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester. He graduated with a MSc at LSE and a PhD from the University of Oxford and previously taught at Oxford and University of London. Dr Imai has worked as a consultant for the IFAD, the UN and DFID. He has published widely on risk, vulnerability and poverty dynamics of households in developing countries and on evaluations of anti-poverty programmes, such as the Employment Guarantee Scheme in India, in development and economics journals, including Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, Journal of Policy Modeling, Journal of African Economies, among others.