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Private Safety Nets through Inter-Household Transfers: The Case of Viet Nam

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  • Donald Cox

    ()
    (Boston College)

  • James Fetzer

    (Boston College)

  • Emmanuel Jiminez

    (World Bank)

Abstract

This paper uses the Viet Nam Living Standards Survey (VNLSS) to provide a snapshot of private transfer activity. We investigate private transfer patterns along a variety of dimensions, such as age, household resources, demographic make-up of the household and characteristics of the region of residence. We find that private transfers are substantial and widespread in Viet Nam, and their patterns suggest that they sometimes function like means-tested public transfers. They are targeted to vulnerable groups such as low-income households or those stricken with illness, for example. But they are also disproportionately given to the well-educated. A substantial fraction of elderly households receive private transfers, suggesting that they function in part as old-age support.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 330..

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jan 1996
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Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:330

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Keywords: Private transfers; public transfers; income redistribution; altruism; risk sharing; social safety nets; Vietnam;

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