• Ph.D., Economics (2013). School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, London, United Kingdom
• J.D., Law (2010). University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA. Admitted to the California Bar Association, License # 277862
• MSc., Political Economy of Development (2009). School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, London, United Kingdom
• B.A., Global Economics (2005). University of California–Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
My research focuses on alternative approaches to development analysis, technological change and innovations in emerging economies. It is based on economic principles, but extends to integrate political, institutional, and industry analyses. In my research, I developed a theoretical and analytical model entitled Developmental Rent Management Analysis. This framework determines the mechanism that provides the incentives and pressures local firms to develop and innovate based on three factors: macropolitical context, institutional framework, and industry structure. My research provides empirical evidence to support the alternative view that rents can be developmental and industrial policies that naturally create rents could stimulate economic growth. It reveals how, in the Vietnamese experience, rents were be actively used to enhance development via technological adoption and capability building. These findings underscore the need to re-examine how economic actors and the state collaborate through formal and informal institutions to enhance industrial upgrading in developing countries. This study adds to the emerging scholarship that examines types of rent strategy that are beneficial for industrial development and how rents may be used for development purposes.
My first book, Industrial Development in Planned Economies: Rent Seeking and Politico-Economic Interplay in Vietnam, is currently under contract with Routledge, and is forthcoming in 2017.
At present, I am working on a couple different research projects that center on local value chain development, the rise of China and its impact on developing countries, small and medium enterprise (SME) development, and technological change in the industrial sector. I am also researching and collecting data for the second book project entitled "State Power and Market Dynamics: Political Economy of Small and Medium Enterprise Development in Vietnam".
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