Van Thi Nghiem

Van Thi NghiemVan Thi Nghiem has been working at General Statistics Office of Vietnam for almost 20 years. Currently, she is a Senior Statistician at National Account Department, GSO. During her working, she has experienced in various subjects of statistics such as prices statistics, export-import statistics and national accounts. She obtains Master Degree in Economics from Tokyo International University, Japan. Her major research interest is on methodology to measure informal sector in particular and non-observed economy in general.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Measuring the Non-observed Economy in Vietnam

This article takes advantage of new political demand at the government’s highest level to focus on measurement of the informal economy in Vietnam from a statistical perspective. The main challenges, concepts and definitions regarding the informal economy within the framework of the non-observed economy are reviewed. A discussion of alternative methodologies for measuring the informal sector, in general and their application to Vietnam, is presented. As the two main strategies for measuring the informal sector have been conducted in parallel since 2007, this gives a unique opportunity to compare the two approaches. Based on past experiences, some recommendations for designing an improved system are made. A review is conducted of the illustrative empirical results, both on the labour market and the national accounts, and thoughts on the challenges ahead are offered.

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