Household welfare and Vietnam's transition [electronic resource] /
edited by David Dollar, Paul Glewwe, Jennie Litvack.
Washington, D.C. : World Bank, c1998.
xvii, 330 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
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Washington, D.C. : World Bank, c1998.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-01:
Among the best works on Vietnam's recent economic policy and performance, this volume offers breadth and depth of coverage of accomplishments and failures over the past decade. It is written by 13 economists, and the quality of writing is diverse and uneven. The book is based on the 1992-93 Vietnam Living Standard survey that covered 4,800 households. More than half the country's 15 million households lived in poverty at the time of the survey, but by the year 2000, the book assures that poverty will be reduced to 35 percent of the population. What precipitated economic growth in Vietnam was the Doi Moi (renovation) policy, which restored agricultural land to peasants, allowed small enterprises to flourish, and began to attract foreign direct investment. Self-sufficiency in food production, painful but successful weaning from dependence on Soviet aid, and private transfers have become the mantra of Vietnam. Despite these promising changes, however, this study identifies challenges to economic reforms and areas in need of improvement, e.g., education, public health, and the infrastructure to reduce poverty. Unfortunately, the book lacks critical commentary on some barriers to reform--e.g., increasing bureaucratic red tape, corruption, vacillating leadership--and a balance sheet chapter on future options for Vietnam. Recommended for graduate and research collections. E. Pang; Colorado School of Mines
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Vietnam's rapid growth has transformed the country, reducing poverty from about 75 percent of the population to about 50 percent. At the same time, its transition from a planned to a market economy has created new challenges for public policy in a wide range of areas. This volume explores issues such as which macroeconomic and structural reforms led to growth, what effect reform has had on the household economy, and how the transition has affected education, health, fertility, and child nutrition. It provides an analysis of economic and social policies and shows how micro-level data can be used to analyze the likely effect of different government expenditures and activities. It also focuses on the effect different policies have on the poor and challenges stereotypes about poverty-focused expenditures.
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World Bank Technical Paper No. 389. By the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. This paper is the revised edition of Technical Paper No. 99, written in 1989. It provides the basis for the preparation of manuals necessary for managers and staffs to perform needed activities at the proper time. The guide provides a comprehensive list of issues that should be addressed in operation and maintenance manuals for irrigation and drainage systems, and a listing of published materials and working papers which will assist in the formulation of plans for operation and maintenance. The paper serves as a valuable tool to help improve the performance of irrigation and drainage systems and to assist managers in developing and improving effective organizations to serve water consumers better.

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