Research Associates

(Alphabetical order)

Đỗ Quốc Anh, SciencesPo, France

Quoc-Anh Do is currently associate professor of economics at the Department of Economics and LIEPP (Interdisciplinary Center for Public Policy Evaluation), 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 Dang is an Economist in the Poverty and Inequality Unit, Development Research 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 an Associate 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 holds a PhD of economics from University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia and is a Professor in the UNSW Business School 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.



Thái Văn Cẩn, Macroeconomist, Washington DC



Cao Vũ Dân, Georgetown University, Washington DC

Dan Cao is an Assistant 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 the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. 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).



Phạm Thế Hoàng, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC




Edmund Malesky, Duke University, Durham

Edmund Malesky is an associate 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.



Phạm Trọng Nghĩa, Princeton, Oxford and National Assembly

Nghia Trong Pham was appointed a Deputy Director General of the Legal Department, Ministry of Labor - Invalids and Social Affairs, Vietnam in 2010 and was one of the youngest deputy directors general of the Ministry. In 2012, he was promoted to the position of a Deputy Director General of the Department of Law, National Assembly Office, Vietnam. Over the years, Nghia has managed to combine academic achievements with leadership at work. Nghia got his LLB degree and LLM degree (with high distinction) from the School of Law, Vietnam National University. He holds a doctorate in law from Brunel University, London. His PhD research focuses on the incorporation of international labor standards into domestic law which made him the first PhD student from Brunel Law School to be awarded the Walduck Prize for Research Impact – the prestigious prize of Brunel University. His work has continued to include human rights and labor rights legislation processes, trade negotiations in Vietnam. His research interests and publications cover a range of issues related to human rights, labor law, international labor standards and trade. As an Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow, Nghia is currently working on a research project investigating the implications and interactions of Labor Clauses in FTAs on Human/Worker Rights and Political Decisions Making Process in Developing Countries.



Trần Trọng Nghĩa, Kutak Rock LLP, Washington DC

Nghia Tran is an associate in the litigation department. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy and international trade. Mr. Tran has represented financial institutions and creditors in contract disputes, debtor workouts and various aspects of bankruptcy. His experience also includes representation of Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, Icelandic and Japanese clients in commercial disputes, antidumping investigations, and transactional matters in the U.S. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Tran was the Program Manager for the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council in Washington D.C. where he monitored U.S.-Vietnam trade, implemented the Council’s technical assistant programs, and supported Vietnam WTO accession during the period from 2005-2007. During law school, Mr. Tran was a summer associate at Allens, an international law firm in Vietnam. He also interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.


Trần Văn Thọ, Waseda University, Japan

Tho V. Tran is currently a professor of economics at the Graduate School of Social Sciences of Waseda University.  He received his Ph.D in economics from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. Besides academic and educational activities, Professor Tran Van Tho has been actively involved in consultations to both the Vietnamese and Japanese governments. He has served many years as a specialist member on the Economic Council of Japan, an advisory organ of the Japanese Prime Minister, as an advisor to a number of Japanese government-related agencies. In Vietnam, Professor Tran Van Tho served as a member in the Advisory Group on Economic and Administrative Reforms of Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet (1993-1997) and collaborating with the Policy Research Group of Prime Minister Phan Van Khai (1997-2006). He initiated the idea for the Hanoi-based Vietnam Asia-Pacific Economic Center (VAPEC) and raised funds in Japan to materialize this idea in 1993. A main founder of VAPEC, Professor Tran Van Tho is currently the Chairman of this institution.


Nguyễn Thu Trang, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, San Francisco, CA

Trang T. Nguyen currently practices 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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