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Re-Regulation in the Post-WTO Period? A Case Study of Vietnam's Food Retailing Sector


  • Hai T. H. Nguyen
  • Geoff Deverteuil
  • Neil Wrigley
  • Kanchana N. Ruwanpura


Academic interest on domestic regulatory (and re-regulatory) impacts of retail foreign direct investment remains surprisingly under-researched, despite high-profile campaigns, particularly in Southeast Asia, to rein in the expansion of retail transnational corporations. This paper focuses on the trends of re-regulation of foreign retailers, particularly in the food sector, in Vietnam before and after the accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2007. The findings reveal a complex layering of regulation, some of it a holdover from the pre-2007 period and some of it occurring since WTO accession, in the form of the controversial Economic Needs Test.

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  • Hai T. H. Nguyen & Geoff Deverteuil & Neil Wrigley & Kanchana N. Ruwanpura, 2014. "Re-Regulation in the Post-WTO Period? A Case Study of Vietnam's Food Retailing Sector," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 45(2), pages 377-396, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:growch:v:45:y:2014:i:2:p:377-396

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    1. Neil M. Coe & Neil Wrigley, 2007. "Host economy impacts of transnational retail: the research agenda," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 7(4), pages 341-371, July.
    2. Nguyen, Ngoc Anh & Nguyen, Thang, 2007. "Foreign direct investment in Vietnam: An overview and analysis the determinants of spatial distribution across provinces," MPRA Paper 1921, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Alex M. Mutebi, 2007. "Regulatory Responses to Large-format Transnational Retail in South-east Asian Cities," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 44(2), pages 357-379, February.
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