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No 165:
Are Vietnamese Farmers Concerned with their Relative Position in Society?

Fredrik Carlsson (), Pham Khanh Nam (), Martin Linde-Rahr () and Peter Martinsson ()

Abstract: This paper examines the attitude towards relative position or status among rural households in Vietnam. On average, the respondents show weaker preferences for relative position than in comparable studies in Western countries. Possible explanations are the emphasis on the importance of equality and that villagers are very concerned with how the local community perceives their actions. We also investigate what influences the concern for relative position and find, among other things, that if anyone from the household is a member of the Peoples Committee then the respondent is more concerned with the relative position.

Keywords: Relative income; positionality; experiments; Vietnam; Asia; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: C91; D63; (follow links to similar papers)

18 pages, March 16, 2005

Published in Journal of Development Studies, 2007, Vol 43, pp. 1177-1188.

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Carlsson, Fredrik, Pham Khanh Nam, Martin Linde-Rahr and Peter Martinsson, (2007), 'Are Vietnamese Farmers Concerned with their Relative Position in Society?', Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 43, pages 1177-1188

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