Well Begun, but Aiming Higher: A Review of Vietnam's Education Trends in the past 20 Years and Emerging Challenges

Forthcoming, Journal of Development Studies

43 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2017

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Hai-Anh Dang

World Bank - Development Data Group (DECDG); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA); Global Labor Organization (GLO); Vietnam National University Ha Noi; Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) - Centre for Analysis and Forecasting

Paul Glewwe

University of Minnesota - College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences - Department of Applied Economics

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Date Written: August 27, 2017

Abstract

Given its modest position as a lower-middle income country, Vietnam stands out from the rest of the world with its remarkable performance on standardized test scores, school enrollment, and completed years of schooling. We provide an overview of the factors behind this exemplary performance both from an institutional viewpoint and by analyzing several different data sources, some of which have rarely been used. Some of the highlights are universal primary school enrollment, higher girls’ net enrollment rates, and the role of within-commune individual factors. We further discuss a host of challenges for the country — most of which have received insufficient attention to date.

Keywords: Education, Assessment, Enrollment, Years of Schooling, Survey, Census, Vietnam

JEL Classification: H0, I2, O1, P3

Suggested Citation

Dang, Hai-Anh H. and Glewwe, Paul, Well Begun, but Aiming Higher: A Review of Vietnam's Education Trends in the past 20 Years and Emerging Challenges (August 27, 2017). Forthcoming, Journal of Development Studies, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3027751

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