Economic Growth and Employment in Vietnam
By David Lim
Routledge – 2014 – 192 pages
Vietnam has enjoyed significant economic success since the implementation of its "doi moi" reforms, including rapid growth in GDP, exports and foreign and domestic investment, and a shedding of poorly-performing state-owned enterprises. Despite this, however, the economic situation for many ordinary people in Vietnam is fragile, with income only just above the poverty line, and high unemployment, especially among the young. In addition, inflation is high, and the state-owned sector is still large, much of it still performing badly. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the current economic situation in Vietnam. It outlines the state of the economy, paying special attention to employment, discusses government policies including on trade and integration with the global economy, and concludes by assessing the key challenges facing Vietnam’s economy going forward.
Preface Part 1: Economic and Non-economic Performances 1. Economic Performances 2. Human Development Performances 3. Employment Performances Part 2: Determinants of Employment Growth 4. Macroeconomic Policies 5. Trade Policies 6. Globalization 7. State-owned Enterprises 8. Business Regulatory Framework Part 3: Human Resources and Economic Development 9. Demand for Skilled Human Resources 10. Higher Education 11. Technical-vocational Education and Training Part 4: Concluding Remarks 12. Economic Growth, Employment and Education
David Lim is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Griffith University and President of the Technological and Higher Education Institute of the Vocational Training Council of Hong Kong.