Note-worthy Researchers

1. Nguyen Viet Cuong (PhD)


Address: The Faculty of Economics and Management, International School, Vietnam National University, Hanoi.


Fields: Development Economics, poverty and inequality, climate change.

Research accomplishments

Research activities

– Editorial board: Journal of Nusantara Studies; Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science; PLOS ONE; The Journal of Economics and Development.

– Reviewer for the following journals:

European Review of Agricultural Economics, Economic Analysis and PolicyThe B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior & OrganizationFeminist Economics, Economic ModelingBMJ Global HealthJournal of Health Economics, World Development, Oxford Development Studies, International Migration, Journal of Development Studies, Applied Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy


Prize for the best MSc. thesis of the Master Programme 2000-2002 in Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Thesis title is “Is Economic Growth Pro-Poor in Vietnam? Evidence from 1993-1998”.

Second prize of the 2007 Global Development Medal (Global Development Network) for the research paper “Is a Governmental Micro-Credit Program for the Poor Really Pro-Poor? Evidence from Vietnam”.

The Best Paper in Comparative Policy Award 2014 for the paper “The Impact of Recentralization on Public Services: A Quasi-Experiment on Abolishing Elected Councils in Vietnam” with Edmunds Makesky, and Tran Anh. This paper is also awarded the McGillivray Award for Best Paper in Political Economy delivered at the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) 2013 Annual Meeting (August 29 – September 1, Chicago, Illinois).

The 2015 Best Paper in The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development for the paper “The Impact of Trade Facilitation on Poverty and Inequality in Low and Middle-Income Countries”, The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, 24(3), 315–340.

Selected research projects

  1. Member of the project “The impact of the 4th industrial revolution on the labor market and social security of Vietnam, strategic orientations, policies and solutions for labor market development to 2030.”, 2022, Ministry of Labor, Invalid and Social Affairs, Vietnam
  2.  Leader of the project “Impact of weather extremes and governance on migration: Evidence from Vietnam”, 2021, National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED).

Book chapters: 7

  1. “Chapters 7 and 10: Transporting people and goods”, with Mohamed Arouri, Adel Ben Youssef, Caroline Jehu-Appiah, in One Billion People One Billion Opportunities Building Human Capital in Africa, edited by Agnes Soucat and Mthuli Ncube, Communications Development Incorporated, Washington, D.C.
  2. “Chapter 4: Poverty, Inequality and Trade Facilitation in Low and Middle Income Countries”, in Impacts of trade facilitation measures on poverty and inclusive growth: Case studies from Asia, edited by Edited by Ravi Ratnayake, Rajan Sudesh Ratna, Martina Francesca Ferracane and Yann Duval, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations.
  3. “The Impacts of International Remittances on Income, Work Efforts, Poverty and Inequality: New Evidence for Vietnam”, with Marrit Van den Berg and Robert Lensink, a chapter in book “Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion” edited Robert J. Cull, Asli Demirguc-Kunt and Jonathan Morduch, the World Bank and MIT Press.
  4. “Child labour and services FDI: evidence from Vietnam” with Marcelo Olarreaga and Mario Piacentini, Chapter XIII in book ‘Services, Trade And Development’ edited by Mina Mashayekhi, Marcelo Olarreaga, Guido Porto, published by United Nations Conference on Trade And Development.
  5. “Migration in Vietnam: New Evidence from Recent Surveys”, with Ian Coxhead and Linh Vu, chapter in Rural-Urban Migration in Vietnam, edited by Xin Meng and Yuk Chu Liu, Springer.

Note-worthy research papers

  1. “Last corrupt deed before retirement? Evidence from a lower middle-income country”, Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 151, 102673.
  2. “Can money buy friends? Evidence from a natural experiment”, European Economic Review, Vol. 136, 103747.
  3. “Gender inequality during the COVID-19 pandemic: Income, expenditure, savings, and job loss” with Hai-Anh Dang, World Development. Vol. 140(C).
  4.  “The Effect of Inequality in Stakes on Sharing Behavior: Evidence from an Experimental Study”, Economics Letters, 184, 2019.
  5. The long-term impact of war on disability: Evidence from Vietnam”, with Nora Groce, Sophie Mitra, Daniel Mont, Michael Palmer, Journal of Peace Research, 56(6), pages 860-875.
  6. “Old-age pensions in a lower middle-income country: economic or psychological effects?”, Economic Development and Cultural Change, DOI: 10.1086/704250