Rural livelihoods and inequality under trade liberalisation: A case study of southern Vietnam
AuthorsBesemer, Kirsten L.
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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.
CitationBesemer, K., & Bramley, G. (2011). Indicators of access to cultural resources, education and skills for the PSE survey. PSE: UK methods working paper; 5
TypeThesis or dissertation
SponsorsFunded by the University of Chester and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
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