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Poverty, Social Services, and Safety Nets in Vietnam

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  • Prescott, N.

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Though Vietnam has made impressive progress in providing widespread access to basic social services, the quantity and quality of the country's social service provision have shown signs of deterioration within the last two decades. This paper examines the changing role of the public sector in financing and providing social services and safety nets in Vietnam and assesses the country's efficiency in targeting public resources to the poor in the wake of the important economic policy reforms initiated in 1989. The author analyzes the sources and uses of funds for education, health, and social transfers and highlights the emerging importance of public sector pricing policy and private out-of-pocket expenditures in social sector financing.

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  • Prescott, N., 1997. "Poverty, Social Services, and Safety Nets in Vietnam," World Bank - Discussion Papers 376, World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wobadi:376
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    1. Adam McCarty, 2001. "The Social Impact of the Reform Process," Development and Comp Systems 0110004, EconWPA.

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    Keywords

    SOCIAL WELFARE ; HUMAN RESOURCES;

    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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