Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/54038
Authors: 
Abbott, Philip
Tarp, Finn
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2011,20
Abstract: 
Vietnam has been among the most successful East Asian economies, especially in weathering the external shocks of recent globalization crises - the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis and the 2008-09 great recession, financial crisis and collapse of global trade. Its success contradicts its characterization as an example of export-led growth and highlights the role of the state, particularly in maintaining and influencing investment. Examination of economic performance and policy responses shows rising dependence on foreign finance around each crisis, and actions by the government to counteract that dependence and bolster the domestic economy while continuing to restructure the economy toward greater emphasis on the private sector. Growth, employment and poverty alleviation have been maintained at the expense of renewed inflation, larger budget deficits, and currency depreciation. The stop-go nature of present macroeconomic policy is the consequence of balancing growth versus inflation, responding to severe external shocks and holding to a growth objective in the face of substantial internal and external criticism.
Subjects: 
trade and development
trade liberalization
foreign direct investment
globalization
WTO accession
asian financial crisis
great recession
Vietnam
JEL: 
F13
F14
O24
O53
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-383-9
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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