Labour, jobs, and employment are essential to any economy and determine part of the integration into the global economy and globalization process. In emerging and fast growing economies, such as Vietnam, the labour force often has difficulty meeting the increasing demand of the market for skilled workers due to a predominance of unskilled labour. This in turn prevents a transition from low-productivity sectors to high-productivity sectors. Because labour is not protected under a weak legal system, it can also prove difficult to obtain a sustainable job. These limitations make it challenging to maintain a high growth rate based on labour productivity. Further, rapid urbanization has created an influx of migrants from rural to urban areas, putting higher pressure on employment, vocational training, infrastructure, social stability, and poverty reduction initiatives in these urban areas.

Our research on the labour market and employment take into account these dynamics, with a focus on vulnerable groups such as migrants, ethnic minorities, low-skilled labourers, child labourers, women, and informal sector workers. By researching the most vulnerable, we are able to contribute to guiding policies to promote growth and lessen inequality.

Recently, MDRI completed a study on Vocational Education Training Financing/Program Cost Norm in order to determine the most effective model for Vietnam’s vocational college system, with a focus on enhancing performance-based funding. We also conducted a 12-province survey on Household Business and the Informal Sector in Vietnam in order to understand the mechanisms of adjustment of the informal sector, its role in the economy, and its functioning through social networks in times of growth slowdown and macroeconomic instability.

Client: International Finance Corporation (IFC-WB) Duration: 05/2020-08/2020 Overview: MDRI is collaborating with International Finance Corporation (IFC) to conduct quantitative data collection for a quasi-experimental baseline survey to better understand the conditions of farmers participating in IFC’s Vietnam Sustainable Pepper project in terms of Household income, income sources and income from pepper; Access to training and…

Client: Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Duration: 04/2020-08/2020 Overview: MDRI is working with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Market Assessment and Analysis to identify needed employability skills and firms’ good practices so as to improve the…


Client: The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) & the World Bank (WB) Time: 09 – 12/2019 Overview: The Government of Vietnam, MPI and the WB have launched the Central Highlands Poverty Reduction Project (CHPRP) in 6 provinces (4 Central Highland provinces – Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Kon Tum, Gia Lai and 2 Central Southern provinces –…


Client: The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Time: 06 – 10/2019 Overview: Since 2011, with funding support from the Government of Australia, the Government of South Korea and Asian Development Bank, the Government of Vietnam has implemented the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project (CMDP) to enhance transport mobility in the Mekong Delta Region and provide…


Client: The World Bank  Time: 08 – 12/2018 Overview: Over the period May 2007 through June 2016, the Government of Vietnam implemented an ambitious Mekong Delta Transport Infrastructure Development Project (MDTIDP) in an amount of US$396.3 million with funding support from the World Bank Group and the Government of Australia. The project was implemented across…


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