Rural livelihoods and inequality under trade liberalisation: A case study of southern Vietnam

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/253692
Title:
Rural livelihoods and inequality under trade liberalisation: A case study of southern Vietnam
Authors:
Besemer, Kirsten Laurisse
Abstract:
The purpose of this mixed-methods case study research is to discover how, in relation to trade liberalisation in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, intangible assets affect livelihood outcomes of the ethnic majority Kinh and the ethnic minority Khmer people. Methods used include a random survey of 150 ethnic majority (Kinh) rice farmers combined with focus group data from Khmer ethnic minority people. Data shows that lack of access to information about the changing economic circumstances generated by trade reform has caused farmers to take sub-optimal decisions about the diversification of their crops. The economic outcomes on Khmer farmers have also been negatively affected by a lack of information, compounded by rigid gender roles, lack of education, discrimination, language problems and isolation from the majority ethnic group. These factors have contributed considerably to the negative outcomes of liberalisation, including loss of land, and have impeded people's ability to make use of emerging opportunities, including better access to markets and new ways of making a livelihood. This research shows that intangible assets interact with trade liberalisation to exacerbate existing inequalities.
Advisors:
Degg, Martin; Boran, Anne; Zhang, Heather; Evans, Martin
Citation:
Besemer, K., & Bramley, G. (2011). Indicators of access to cultural resources, education and skills for the PSE survey. PSE: UK methods working paper; 5
Publisher:
University of Liverpool (University of Chester)
Issue Date:
Mar-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/253692
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Sponsors:
Funded by the University of Chester and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
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DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.advisorDegg, Martinen_GB
dc.contributor.advisorBoran, Anneen_GB
dc.contributor.advisorZhang, Heatheren_GB
dc.contributor.advisorEvans, Martinen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBesemer, Kirsten Laurisseen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-28T13:21:06Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-28T13:21:06Z-
dc.date.issued2012-03-
dc.identifieruk.bl.ethos.569112-
dc.identifier.citationBesemer, K., & Bramley, G. (2011). Indicators of access to cultural resources, education and skills for the PSE survey. PSE: UK methods working paper; 5en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/253692-
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this mixed-methods case study research is to discover how, in relation to trade liberalisation in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, intangible assets affect livelihood outcomes of the ethnic majority Kinh and the ethnic minority Khmer people. Methods used include a random survey of 150 ethnic majority (Kinh) rice farmers combined with focus group data from Khmer ethnic minority people. Data shows that lack of access to information about the changing economic circumstances generated by trade reform has caused farmers to take sub-optimal decisions about the diversification of their crops. The economic outcomes on Khmer farmers have also been negatively affected by a lack of information, compounded by rigid gender roles, lack of education, discrimination, language problems and isolation from the majority ethnic group. These factors have contributed considerably to the negative outcomes of liberalisation, including loss of land, and have impeded people's ability to make use of emerging opportunities, including better access to markets and new ways of making a livelihood. This research shows that intangible assets interact with trade liberalisation to exacerbate existing inequalities.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipFunded by the University of Chester and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Liverpool (University of Chester)en
dc.subjecttrade liberalisationen_GB
dc.subjectVietnamen_GB
dc.subjectMekong Deltaen_GB
dc.subjecteconomic circumstancesen_GB
dc.titleRural livelihoods and inequality under trade liberalisation: A case study of southern Vietnamen_GB
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
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