[STBI-21-04-2016] From Spontaneous to Planned Urban Development and Quality of Life: the Case of Ho Chi Minh City

Dr. Huynh The Du

Hall H.001, UEH School of Economics
11:00 am, Thursday, 21-04-2016


This paper studies the quality of life (QOL) that residents perceive in typical urban patterns in Ho Chi Minh City. Its major focus is to examine the improvement in the QOL through public intervention into the urban development process. There are four findings. First, moderate government intervention to correct market failures in areas where spontaneous urban development has occurred generates similar levels of satisfaction to areas with planned development. Second, urban planning is important as housing values and subjective satisfactions in planned areas are higher than those in spontaneous development areas. Third, redevelopment negatively affects the QOL in areas undergoing redevelopment. Finally, the contrast between the housing value and the subjective life satisfaction in spontaneous development areas undergoing redevelopment shows the problem of relying on the revealed preference assumption in traditional economics and the need for having alternative approaches.


Dr. Huynh The Du is currently Lecturer in Public Policy and Academic Director at Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Dr. Du graduated Master of Development Economics from University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City in 2008 and Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. He obtained his Doctor of Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2013. He has published some studies in journals such as Habitat International, International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment, Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, Thoi Dai Moi Journal, and Applied Research Quality Life.

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