This report presents initial findings from the second round of data
collection which was carried out in Vietnam in late 2006 to early 2007.
It does not aim to give a comprehensive overview of all the findings
from Young Lives, rather it gives a broad outline of the some of the key
indicators of childhood poverty and changes that have taken place in the
children's lives between the first round of data collection in 2002 and
this second round. Data are mainly presented for the entire age group
cohort, in most cases separated into wealth groups or by rural/urban
Following the introduction, the next section of the report introduces
the socio-economic context of Vietnam and the policies that have
affected children and childhood poverty over the past 15 years. The
third section gives an overview of the methodology used by Young Lives
to collect quantitative data for Rounds 1 and 2 respectively. Greater
detail is provided on the preparation and implementation of the Round 2
data collection. Post-fieldwork operations such as data entering,
cleaning, and archiving are also outlined. The fourth section presents
some preliminary analysis of data from the two survey rounds - both
descriptive statistics and regression analysis - on several issues of
interest. Indicators of child well-being including household wealth and
consumption, health, education and subjective well-being are examined.
The factors behind these outcomes include a range of child, household
and commune characteristics.
Although the analysis is preliminary it gives important insights into
trends between the two rounds, key factors affecting children in Vietnam
and the extent of inequalities between children of different groups. The
analysis enables the identification of policy implications for tackling
childhood poverty in Vietnam as well as important and interesting
avenues for future research.
Young Lives, Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, UK, ISBN: 978-1-904427-39-1, ix + 58 pp.