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Gender Differences in Socioeconomic Status and Health: Evidence from the 2008 Vietnam Household Living Standard Survey

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  • Nidhiya Menon

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    (Department of Economics, Brandeis University)

  • Yana van der Meulen Rodgers

    (Rutgers University)

Abstract

The study provides new evidence on gender differences in educational attainment, labor market status, health status, and land titling in Vietnam. Up-to-date statistical evidence on household well-being in Vietnam is particularly important given the heavy weight the government has placed on meeting the needs of vulnerable members of the population, reducing overall poverty, and improving societal well-being. Vietnam’s government has placed priority emphasis on achieving gender equality in the 2006 Law on Gender Equality. One of the major themes addressed in this report is Vietnam’s demonstrated progress in achieving social development targets. The study also identifies a few areas where female outcomes lag those of men, and suggests policies that might help to reduce the observed gaps.

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Paper provided by Brandeis University, Department of Economics and International Businesss School in its series Working Papers with number 18.

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Length: 118 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:brd:wpaper:18

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  1. 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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