[STBI-08-02-2018] Social capital and household vulnerability: New evidence from rural Vietnam

Dear professors, lecturers, researchers, colleagues, and students,

You are cordially invited to the next UEH School of Economics STBI (Small Talks Big Ideas) seminar.

The details of the next STBI seminar are as follows:

Topic: Social capital and household vulnerability: New evidence from rural Vietnam

Presenter: Thang Vo, School of Economics, University of Economics HCMC, Vietnam

Time: 11:00 – 12h30 Thursday, February 08, 2018

Venue: Room H.001, Campus H, UEH School of Economics, 1A Hoang Dieu, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City

Language: Vietnamese


Using the Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS) with a panel of households present from 2008 to 2016, the study investigates the impact of social capital on household vulnerability. The empirical results indicate that both commune shocks and household shocks associate with the higher likelihood of having group memberships, except for the case of the political party. The group membership has also been strongly inuenced by a number of household characteristics. Most importantly, participation in local groups explains partly variations in households’ vulnerability although the actual effect varies across groups. In addition, social capital shows its effect on intermediate factors, which in turn contribute to the lower vulnerability at the household level. The fndings imply that poverty reduction policies in rural Vietnam should consider the role of social capital, especially in the forms of group participation, as an effective informal coping strategy.

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