Research Associates

(Alphabetical order)

Đỗ Quốc Anh, Northwestern University, Chicago

Quoc-Anh Do is currently a Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship Visiting Fellow at Northwestern University in Chicago and Associate Professor of Economics, Sciences Po (Institute of Political Studies) in Paris, France. He graduated in June 2008 from the PhD program in economics at Harvard University’s Department of Economics, and have previously worked at the School of Economics, Singapore Management University. His research interests span over several applied microeconomic topics, especially in political economics, economics of social networks, development economics, and corporate governance.



Đặng Hải Anh, World Bank, DC

Hai-Anh H. Dang is an Economist in the Surveys and Methods Team, Development Data Group, World Bank. He received his B.A. from Foreign Trade University, Vietnam and his Ph.D. in Applied Economics from University of Minnesota. His main research is on development, poverty, education, labor, and methodology to construct synthetic (pseudo) panel data from cross sections. He has published in journals such as Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economics of Education Review, European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Development Economics, World Bank Economic Review, as well as a book on private tutoring in Vietnam.


Trần Ngọc Anh, Indiana University Bloomington

Anh N. Tran is a Professor at Indiana University Bloomington where he teaches international development, international trade and finance. His research focuses on the governance of developing countries, particularly in Asia. His researches have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Public Economics and Journal of Financial Economics. Ngọc Anh has participated in UNDP Academic Fellowship, Asia Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program and Vietnamese Prime Minister’s Research Council. In 2014, he was named an Outstanding Junior Faculty at Indiana University. Previously, he has studied and worked in Russia, France, Australia and the United States. Anh received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University. He also teaches at Harvard from 2014-2015.



Nguyễn Đăng Bằng, University of Cambridge, UK

Bang D. Nguyen is a University Lecturer in Finance and Director of the MPhil in Finance Program at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. He graduated from HEC Paris with a Ph.D. degree in finance with Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the French National Foundation for Higher Education in Management (FNEGE) and the French Finance Association. Before his Ph.D. studies, Bang graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Admistration in Paris in 1999 (Promotion Cyrano de Bergerac) with a MPA. ln 2003 and 2004, he was a visiting scholar in the Finance Department at Stern School of Business, New York University. Bang’s research papers, focusing on corporate finance, empirical finance, and corporate governance, was published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, and Finance. Bang’s research has been awarded with the Barclays Global Investors’ Award in 2006, Best Paper Award at the China International Conference in Finance in 2009, and the Finance Cavalcade 2013 Best Corporate Finance Paper Award.



Trần Nam Bình, University of New South Wales, Australia

Binh Tran-Nam is a Professor in the UNSW Business School Australia. He holds a PhD of economics from University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia and  and RMIT Asia Graduate Centre (RMIT Uni Vietnam).  His research interests include taxation, international trade and development economics.  He has published over 45 book chapters and 65 research articles in academic journals around the world.  Binh’s competitive research funding over his career has approached A$2 million, including four major Australian Research Council Linkage grants.  He has acted as a consultant to a number of international organisations including Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Education and Training in Vietnam.


Cao Vũ Dân, Georgetown University, Washington DC

Dan Cao is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University where he teaches macro economics and finance. He received his PhD in economics in June 2010 from MIT. His research focuses on the interaction between financial markets and the macro economy.



Nguyễn Minh Hà, World Bank, Washington DC

Ha Minh Nguyen is an Economist in the Macroeconomics and Growth Team of the Development Research Group. He joined the Bank in July 2009 as a Young Economist after earning a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds a M.A. and B.A. in economics from The University of Adelaide, Australia. His research interests include International Finance, Macroeconomics, Economic Growth, Development, and Computational Economics.



Đinh Trường Hinh, John Hopkins University, Washington DC

Hinh T. Dinh is currently a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Previously he spent over 35 years working at the World Bank Group which he joined through its Young Professionals Program.  He was a Lead Economist in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank (2009-2014), the Africa Region (1998-2009), the Finance Complex (1991-1998), and the Middle East and North Africa Region (1978-1991).  In these capacities, he provided managerial leadership to World Bank economists in the formulation of economic analysis and policy advice, including the evaluation of macroeconomic and structural policies for many countries in the world, from Asia to Latin America to Africa. He received a B.A. in economics, a B.S. in mathematics from the State University of New York, an M.A. in economics, an M.S. in industrial engineering, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh (1978).  His latest books include Light Manufacturing in Africa (2012), Performance of Manufacturing Firms in Africa (2012), Light Manufacturing in Zambia (2013), Tales from the Development Frontier (2013) and Light Manufacturing in Vietnam (2013).


Edmund Malesky, Duke University, Durham

Edmund Malesky is a Professor of political economy at Duke University. He has published in leading political science and economic journals, including the American Political Science Review and Journal of Politics, and has been awarded the Harvard Academy Fellowship and Gabriel Almond Award for best dissertation in comparative politics. Malesky serves as the lead researcher for the Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index and is a noted specialist in the political development in Vietnam and China, comparative political economy in Southeast Asia, as well as economic transitions in developing economies.



Nguyễn Thu Trang, Temple University, Philadelphia 

Trang T. Nguyen currently an Assistant Professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law. He used to practice corporate law at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in Silicon Valley, California.  She earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an executive editor on the Law Review and a Mitchell Jacobson Law and Business Scholar.  Trang is the co-founder and former director of VietAbroader, the leading network of overseas Vietnamese students in the U.S.  Her work experience included clerking for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court; representing a Vietnamese detainee before a U.S. District Court and federal immigration courts; researching for the United Nations International Law Commission; and consulting at McKinsey & Co. and NERA Economic Consulting.  Trang is published in the New York University Law Review and the USAID/ Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index.  She is passionate about understanding legal issues affecting Vietnam, including Vietnam's constitutional law development, security in the East Asia/ South China Sea, land use rights, and education and technology.


Phạm Hoàng Văn, Baylor University, Waco

Van Pham is a Professor of Economics at Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University. He hold a PhD degree in Economics from Cornell University, a master and bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published extensively in Economic Development, International Trade, Retail as a Trade Platform, Technology Change, Developing Country Labor Markets, Immigration, Corruption, Applied Theory, Applied Microeconomics

Our Team also includes scholars from other institutions in different countries, whose names have not been included here.


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