NATSEM Seminar Series
Optimal rice land protection in a transitional economyTue 13 November 2018Dr Hoa Nguyen, Senior Lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University / 11:00am - 12:00pmFishbowl, Building 24, University of Canberra
About the Talk
Agricultural land protection (ALP) is a standard policy response to a desire for food security. However, ALP may result in a misallocation of resources. Examining rice land policy in Vietnam, we determine the optimal level of rice land protected against other crops and find that converting part of protected rice land enhances economic efficiency. Nonetheless, the policy is relatively pro-rich, implying a trade-off between poverty reduction and economic efficiency, making some households in already poor areas worse off. Our approach can be applied to land-use planning generally, highlighting the relevant trade-offs and the search for needed optimal land-use policies.
About the Speaker
Dr Hoa Nguyen is a Senior Lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU). She is interested in analysing economic policies in health and food security, and issues related to climate change, inequality and poverty. Her research has been published in the world’s leading international journals, including Political Analysis, Journal of Agricultural Economics, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, Economic Modelling and World Development. Hoa received her PhD from ANU. Before joining the Crawford School, she was a researcher at the Centre for Analysis and Forecasting, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences.