Economic Governance and Development in Vietnam and Mozambique


Partner Institution(s): 
Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) - Vietnam
Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA) - Vietnam
National Directorate of Studies and Policy Analysis (DNEAP) - Vietnam
National Institute of Statistics (INE) - Vietnam
Start Date: 
January 1, 2009
End Date: 
December 30, 2012
Project Code: 
85-08-KU
Total grant: 
DKK 7,407,013
Contact : 
Finn Tarp
Email: 
Finn.Tarp@econ.ku.dk
Countries: 
Mozambique, Vietnam
Description: 

This research programme is an inquiry into: (i) why two developing countries, Vietnam and Mozambique, have achieved exceptionally high and consistent annual rates of economic progress for more than 15 years, (ii) whether the benefits of growth were transmitted to society at large, (iii) how key institutions and markets evolved and interacted, and (iv) what can be learned from comparing these two country experiences? Throughout, we also: (a) address the role and effectiveness of economic governance and foreign aid, (b) ask how governance affected the behaviour of economic agents and vice-versa, and (c) try to clarify what it would take to sustain development in the years to come. The central thesis is that well-functioning economic governance systems are crucial for sustaining growth, economic transformation and development. Other motivations include that: (i) Success is highly context specific. General policy guidelines are useful but not sufficient, and (ii) there is under-investment in economic governance systems. A more continuous flow of high quality information and analysis would permit the constructive debate and timely policy analysis required for effective local adaptation. An enhanced information flow would also improve transparency. The core output will include one edited book, 25 working/discussion papers, five articles in internationally refereed journals and at least four policy briefs. Results will be presented in no less than four international development conferences, and the research team will hold a series of four DERG seminars and eight research workshops in Vietnam and Mozambique each. Other communication activities will include three policy seminars to the benefit of the Danish, Vietnamese and Mozambican research and policy making communities. A special programme website will form part of the DERG web-site, and three project workshops will be held early, mid-way and towards the end of the project to plan, present and discuss activities and results.

Output: 

Project Completion Report:
The Economic Governance and Development in Vietnam and Mozambique research program was an inquiry into (i) why two developing countries, Vietnam and Mozambique, have achieved exceptionally high and consistent annual rates of economic progress for more than 15 years, (ii) whether the benefits of growth were transmitted to society at large, (iii) how key institutions and markets evolved and interacted, and (iv) what can be learned from comparing these two country experiences.

Throughout, the project also sought to (a) address the role and effectiveness of economic governance and foreign aid, (b) ask how governance affected the behaviour of economic agents and vice-versa, and (c) clarify what it would take to sustain development in the years to come.

The project innovated by explicitly promoting cooperation between researchers in developing countries with support from researchers affiliated with the university of Copenhagen, combining a South-South learning model with North-South technical support.  The resulting collaborations produced over 30 policy-relevant research papers, six major workshops involving high-level policy makers, and engagement of some 40 researchers, six research institutions, and multiple international research networks.

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