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[STBI-20-07-2018] Economic and non-economic returns to Communist Party membership in Viet Nam

Dear professors, colleagues and students,

We would like to invite you to participate in the 2018 STBI Brown Bag Series at the UEH School of Economics.

We welcome Dr. Ngo Quang Thanh to present his ideas during the Brown Bag session.

Topic: Economic and non-economic returns to Communist Party membership in Viet Nam

Time: 11:30 – Friday, 20th July, 2018

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

The language of presentation: Vietnamese


Single-party political systems exist in a number of countries, such as China and Viet Nam. In these countries, party membership is potentially an important source of economic and social status. This paper investigates these effects and the mechanisms behind them. In particular, we use household- and individual-level panel data to analyse the causes and consequences of Communist Party membership in rural areas of Viet Nam. Fixed effects models are employed to control for unobserved differences between party members and others.

Results suggest that party membership has a moderate positive effect on income, on the order of seven per cent, and a large positive effect on subjective well-being, even after controlling for income. Party membership is closely associated with working for the government but also appears to increase the propensity to use credit and to boost income from farm and non-farm enterprises. There are strong gender effects: men are several times more likely to be party members than women, and the effects of membership on income and subjective well-being are only present among men. Overall, results confirm that in spite of pro-market economic reforms, Communist Party membership continues to be of high value in rural Viet Nam.

Speaker: Ngo Quang Thanh

Ngo Quang Thanh is a Senior Research Fellow at the Southern Center for Agriculture Policy and Strategy, Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture Rural Development. His expertise and research interests focus on development issues using quantitative analysis tools, including both contemporary econometric technique and the spatial one. Recent topics of his work include: the political economy of membership's Communist Party of Vietnam; climate change and agriculture production; SMEs and technology change; and migration. Currently, Ngo Quang Thanh lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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The 2018 STBI (Small Talk Big Idea) Brown Bag Series is built upon the success of the STBI Seminar. This year, the organizing team has decided to experiment with a new format to make the event less formal and more open. It is held from 11:30 a.m to 12:15 p.m. and the speaker and audience will have 10 minutes to mingle and complete their lunch of bánh mì which is normally wrapped in brown bags. The School of Economics will provide free coffee and water for everyone and a sandwich/bánh mì lunch for the speaker. If the weather permits, the presentation will be held in the lobby area at the School's venue on Hoang Dieu Street, Phu Nhuan District.

You are encouraged to bring your own bánh mì for lunch and mingle with the speaker at the beginning of the session.