Impact of Public and Private Cash Transfers on Poverty and Inequality: Evidence from Vietnam

40 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2011

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Marrit Van Den Berg

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Cuong Viet Nguyen

(NEU) National Economics University of Vietnam

Date Written: November 2011

Abstract

This article investigates the extent to which public and private transfers affected poverty and inequality in Vietnam in the mid‐2000s. It finds that the impact of public transfers on poverty was negligible, due to the low coverage of the poor and the relatively small amounts transferred. Moreover, the effect of the receipt of transfers on expenditures was small: recipients decreased the labour supply and only a limited amount of the extra income went to current consumption. Domestic private transfers were somewhat more successful in reducing poverty. With most public and private transfers going to non‐poor households, inequality was only marginally affected.

Keywords: Transfers, poverty, inequality, Vietnam

Suggested Citation

Van Den Berg, Marrit and Nguyen, Cuong Viet, Impact of Public and Private Cash Transfers on Poverty and Inequality: Evidence from Vietnam (November 2011). Development Policy Review, Vol. 29, Issue 6, pp. 689-728, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1939622 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2011.00553.x

Marrit Van Den Berg

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Cuong Viet Nguyen

(NEU) National Economics University of Vietnam ( email )

207 Giai phong Road
Hai Ba Trung District
Hanoi, Hanoi 10000
Vietnam

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