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Title: Rural livelihoods and inequality under trade liberalisation : a case study of southern Vietnam
Author: Besemer, Kirsten Laurisse
ISNI:       0000 0004 2733 4756
Awarding Body: University of Chester
Current Institution: University of Chester
Date of Award: 2012
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The purpose of this mixed-methods case study research is to discover how, in relation to trade liberalisation in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, intangible assets affect livelihood outcomes of the ethnic majority Kinh and the ethnic minority Khmer people. Methods used include a random survey of 150 ethnic majority (Kinh) rice farmers combined with focus group data from Khmer ethnic minority people. Data shows that lack of access to information about the changing economic circumstances generated by trade reform has caused farmers to take sub-optimal decisions about the diversification of their crops. The economic outcomes on Khmer farmers have also been negatively affected by a lack of information, compounded by rigid gender roles, lack of education, discrimination, language problems and isolation from the majority ethnic group. These factors have contributed considerably to the negative outcomes of liberalisation, including loss of land, and have impeded people's ability to make use of emerging opportunities, including better access to markets and new ways of making a livelihood. This research shows that intangible assets interact with trade liberalisation to exacerbate existing inequalities.
Supervisor: Degg, Martin; Boran, Anne; Zhang, Heather; Evans, Martin Sponsor: University of Chester ; Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: trade liberalisation ; Vietnam ; Mekong Delta ; economic circumstances