Multidimensional child poverty in Vietnam

Keetie Roelen and Franziska Gassmann

in Global Child Poverty and Well-being

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9781847424822
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307235 | DOI:
Multidimensional child poverty in Vietnam

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Following widespread acknowledgement that children deserve a child-focused perspective in the development and poverty reduction process worldwide, the construction and use of child poverty approaches has received increasing attention over the last decade. This chapter uses a multidimensional and child-specific approach for the measurement of child poverty in Vietnam. Conceptually, this chapter explicitly illustrates the choices and decisions inherent to constructing a sound and solid approach. Although they have strong implications for concurrent outcomes, they are often not explicitly discussed. Such choices include the formulation of the rationale and purpose of the approach, the establishment of its conceptual framework and selection of domains and indicators. Empirically, findings highlight that water and sanitation, leisure and shelter as the most pressing areas for children in Vietnam, and that poverty referring to shelter and water and sanitation are most closely related. Furthermore, there are large differences between children living in urban and rural areas, and between children living in different regions. The direction of regional disparities might differ, however, depending on the indicator or domain under consideration. In sum, we consider the multidimensional child poverty approach for Vietnam to be an important tool for policy making and academic research. It fills a knowledge gap in Vietnam and sets an example for the development of other country-specific child poverty approaches.

Keywords: Child poverty; Vietnam; multidimensional poverty; poverty measurement

Chapter.  6146 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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