The Economic Lives of People with Disabilities in Vietnam

Palmer M, Groce N, Mont D, Nguyen OH, Mitra S (2015) The Economic Lives of People with Disabilities in Vietnam. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0133623. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0133623

16 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2015

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Michael Palmer

University of Western Australia

Nora Groce

University College London

Daniel Mont

World Bank

Oanh Hong Nguyen

Inclusive Development Action (IDEA)

Sophie Mitra

Fordham University

Date Written: July 22, 2015

Abstract

Through a series of focus group discussions conducted in northern and central Vietnam, this study gives voice to the lived economic experience of families with disabilities and how they manage the economic challenges associated with disability. The dynamic of low and unstable income combined with on-going health care and other disability-related costs gives rise to a range of coping mechanisms (borrowing, reducing and foregoing expenditures, drawing upon savings and substituting labour) that helps to maintain living standards in the short-run yet threatens the longer-term welfare of both the individual with disability and their household. Current social protection programs were reported as not accessible to all and while addressing some immediate economic costs of disability, do not successfully meet current needs nor accommodate wider barriers to availing benefits.

Keywords: Disability; Economic wellbeing; Costs; Coping mechanisms

Suggested Citation

Palmer, Michael and Groce, Nora and Mont, Daniel and Hong Nguyen, Oanh and Mitra, Sophie, The Economic Lives of People with Disabilities in Vietnam (July 22, 2015). Palmer M, Groce N, Mont D, Nguyen OH, Mitra S (2015) The Economic Lives of People with Disabilities in Vietnam. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0133623. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0133623, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2634506

Michael Palmer

University of Western Australia ( email )

35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia 6009
Australia

Nora Groce (Contact Author)

University College London ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Daniel Mont

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Oanh Hong Nguyen

Inclusive Development Action (IDEA) ( email )

Pham Ngoc Thach
Dong Da
Ha Noi
Vietnam

Sophie Mitra

Fordham University ( email )

441 East Fordham road
Bronx, NY 10458
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.fordham.edu/economics/mitra

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