Journal of Population Ageing

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 289–303 | Cite as

Determinants of Work Decisions among Older People in Rural Vietnam

  • Thanh Long GiangEmail author
  • Thi Hong Diep Nguyen


This paper aimed to identify determinants of work decision among older people living in rural Vietnam. We applied a probit regression model with the nationally representative data from Vietnam Aging Survey (VNAS) in 2011. The results show that age, heath status, marital status, number of members aged under 15 and retirement and/or social allowance receipt had markedly impacts on rural older people’s decision to work. Surprisingly, neither educational level nor ethnicity of rural older people had any significant influence on their work decision. Based on these findings, we suggested some policy recommendations to facilitate older people’s work as well as secure their income.


Aging Labor force Older people Public policy Vietnam 



We would like to thank Ms. Nguyen Nhu Thu Hoai, a policy specialist at the Vietnam Development Bank, for her insightful comments and excellent research assistance.

We are thankful to Nguyen Thi Hai Yen (Institute of Public Policy and Management, NEU) for excellent administrative support.

Compliance with Ethical Standards


This research is funded by Vietnam National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) under the grant number II6.2–2013.01.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Public Policy and Management (IPPM)National Economics University (NEU)HanoiVietnam
  2. 2.Hong Duc UniversityThanh HoáVietnam

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