Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI) is an independent scientific research agency. At MDRI, we believe that research plays an indispensable role in social change and development. Our key services focus on Poverty Reduction, Ethnic Minority, Agriculture and Rural Development, Labor and Immigration, Water and Sanitation, Education, Environment and Climate Change, Sector & Market Research and Trade, and…

OVERVIEW Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI) would like to present to you the second edition of the book  54 Ethnic Groups: Why the Difference? The book is the updated version of the previous book published in 2014 based on our knowledge and experience while working with donors, NGOs, and multiple ethnic groups in an effort to…

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Client: Center for Comparative and International Studies, ETH Zurich Time: June 2018 – November 2018 Overview: The project explores the relationship between environmental migration and conflict likelihood, focusing on the role of urbanization. As part of the project, the project collects data from both migrants and non-migrants from 3 urban centers: Hanoi (HN), Ho Chi Minh…

Project Name: International Social Survey Program – Vietnam   Client: National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago   Time: July 2018 – March 2019   Overview: The International Social Survey Program (ISSP) is a continuous program of cross-national collaboration running annual surveys on topics important for the social sciences. The ISSP study in Vietnam is part of the project funded…

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Client: USAID – Vietnam Time: August 2017-December 2018 Overview: Technological advancement and internet help create millions of business transactions at minimal costs. Therefore, it is now so popular that a customer, just by a mouse click or screen touch, can find the matched product supplier and purchase the product which is thousand miles away. Such…

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OVERVIEW What will happen to residential demand for electricity if the government of Vietnam wants to increase electricity tariffs to cost recovery, a level estimated at 20 percent above current prices? To answer this research question, a study was conducted to measure the demand elasticity of the electricity consumption in Vietnam and characterize it. The…

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OVERVIEW Global Value Chains (GVCs) are a dominant economic reality in the 21st century. The way the global economy produces and exchanges goods has never been more dynamic or more interconnected. In policy fora, the importance of GVCs as a way for firms – in particular SMEs – in developing countries to take advantage of…

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