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PhD, Development Economics

Wageningen University, the Netherlands


Dr. Nguyen Viet Cuong is the Institute’s Vice-Director and is in charge of research activities. He holds a PhD and MSc degrees in Development Economics from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Dr. Cuong has extensive experience in impact evaluation, poverty analysis, ethnic minority issues, education and health issues. He has been the lead consultant on multiple studies and projects organized by ministries, academic institutes, international agencies, and other NGOs in Vietnam. He is now a member of the scientific committee on economics and business of the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED). He is also a member of the National Wage Council in the 2021-2025 period.

His recent studies have been published in well-respected journals such as: Journal of Development Economics, American Political Science Review, European Economic Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Bank Economic Review, Health Economics, World Development.

Dr. Cuong is currently ranked as the top economist in Vietnam by a number of academic articles published by the RePEc organization, and is among the top 200 economists in Asia. In the world, he is ranked in the top 5% of economists according to academic publications in economics.

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