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Social Protection for the Informal Sector and the Informally Employed in Vietnam: Literature and data review

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  • Nguyen Thi Lan Huong

    (Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA), Hanoi, Vietnam)

  • Luu Quan Tuan

    (Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA), Hanoi, Vietnam)

  • Meissner, Matthias
  • Bui Sy Tuan
  • Dang Do Quyen
  • Nguyen Hai Yen
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    In the last 20 years, Vietnam has been one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. But the coverage of social insurance is still low. Only around one in five workers is covered by the public social insurance scheme. Expanding the coverage of social insurance for informal sector workers and the informally employed is a key policy area as the role of traditional and informal security systems tends to get weaker. This paper provides a comprehensive literature and data review regarding informal sector research in Vietnam. Furthermore, it reflects the international understanding of the terms social protection, informal sector und informal employment. The impact of the informal sector on social protection and socio-economic development in Vietnam is evident. Nevertheless, in research, literature and data the picture is rather fragmented which indicates the necessity for further efforts.

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    Paper provided by Institut fuer Entwicklungsforschung und Entwicklungspolitik, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum in its series IEE Working Papers with number 199.

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    Length: 74 pages
    Date of creation: 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:bom:ieewps:199

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    Keywords: Social protection; Social security; Social insurance; Informal sector; Informal economy; Literature review; Labour market; Social development; Vietnam;

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    1. Cling, Jean-Pierre & Razafindrakoto, Mireille & Roubaud, Fran├žois, 2011. "Assessing the Potential Impact of the Global Crisis on the Labour Market and the Informal Sector in Vietnam," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine, Paris Dauphine University 123456789/10624, Paris Dauphine University.
    2. Rand, John & Torm, Nina, 2012. "The Benefits of Formalization: Evidence from Vietnamese Manufacturing SMEs," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 40(5), pages 983-998.
    3. Phuong, Nguyen Thi Thu & Castel, Paulette, 2009. "Voluntary pension system challenge of expanding coverage," Social Protection Discussion Papers 64277, The World Bank.
    4. Pierre, Gaelle, 2012. "Recent labor market performance in Vietnam through a gender lens," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6056, The World Bank.
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