Faculty Publications

Title

Vulnerability of Vietnamese Elderly to Poverty: Determinants and Policy Implications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2009

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-8381.2009.02022.x

Abstract

We identify determinants of elderly poverty in Vietnam using household survey data from 2004. The elderly living in urban and rural areas face significantly different conditions. Some factors impact poverty in both urban and rural areas (e.g. age, marital status, region and remittance receipts), some factors are insignificant in both areas (e.g. living arrangements and household head characteristics) and some factors have a differing impact in the two areas (e.g. gender, ethnicity, and household composition and size). With these findings, we formulate policy priorities, including reducing regional disparities, promoting the rural economy and reforming social security.