• Education

  • • 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

  • Professional Profile


    • Referee, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and International Journal of Emerging Markets, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Stanford University Press (2014-current)

    • Principal Investigator, University of Denver Professional Research Opportunities for Faculty (PROF) grant, Research Project: "Contributions and Characteristics of Female Entrepreneurship in Manufacturing: The Case of Vietnam" (with Dr. Yavuz Yasar and Dr. Markus Schneider) (2017-2019)

    • Visiting Scholar at the United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). Research program: Structural Transformation and Inclusive Growth in Vietnam. Resarch project: The Political Economy of Small and Medium Enterprise Development in Vietnam, Helsinki, Finland (2016)

    • Young Southeast Asia Fellow, the Southeast Asia Research Group. Research Paper (with Dr. Vlad Tarko): Economic Development in a Rent-Seeking Society: The Vietnam Development Model (2016)

    • Principal InvestigatorUnited Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) grant. Research project (with Dr. Miao Chi): Differentials in Market Constraints and Value Addition among Micro, Small, and Medium Enteprises in Vietnam  (2016-2017)

    • International Consultant, World Bank. Research projects: (1) The Role of the State in the Development of Vietnam's Financial System, and (2) The Role of the State in Enhancing the Performance of Public Utilities (2016)

    • International Consultant, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS). Consulted on research project: "Supporting Inclusive Growth in Medium Technology Sectors" (2014-2015)

    • Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Drew University (2013-2014)

    • Graduate Fellow, Advanced Graduate Workshop on Poverty, Development and Globalization, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and the Intiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia Univeristy. Bangalore, India (2013)

    • Associate Economic Affairs Officer (P2-2), Unit of Economic Cooperation and Integration for Developing Countries, United Nations Conferenced for Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Geneva, Switzerland (2011-2012)

    • International Consultant, World Bank and Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI). Consulted on project: “Capacity Building for Strengthening the Regulatory Framework for the Management of Investment” (2011-2012)

    • Research Associate, Vietnam Institute of Economic and Policy Research (VEPR), Vietnam National University (2011)

    • International Consultant, World Bank. Consulted on project: "Vietnam Socio-Economic Development Strategy" (2011)

    • Research Fellow, Center for State and Local Government Law. San Francisco, CA (2008)
  • Research Interest

  • 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 2018.

    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".

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • CV (January 2018)

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