Curriculum Vitae

Pham, Thi Thu Tra (PhD)

Address:    Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing, 

                       Centre of Commerce and Management - RMIT University Vietnam 

Phone:        + 84 8 3776 1300 ext: 2003                           



2002-2006: PhD (Economics), University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

1998-2000: MSc with distinction (Finance), University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Key research interests

International Economics, Macroeconomic Policy, Microeconomics of Development, Development Economics.


International Monetary Economics, International Trade, Macroeconomics, International Finance, Development Economics.

Working Experience

Oct 2013 – present: Lecturer in Economics, Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing, Centre of Commerce and Management, RMIT University Vietnam.

Sept 2011 – Sept 2013: Lecturer in Economics, School of Business, International University, Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

2009 – 2011: Senior Economist, STAR Vietnam (USAID-funded project assisting the Government of Vietnam with implementation of the US-VN BTA and WTO), Hanoi, Vietnam.

2007 – 2009: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

2000 – 2002, 2006 – 2007: Lecturer, Can Tho University, Vietnam.



Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

2013, “Expectations and the cost of disinflation”, (with J. Riedel), Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 18(1).

2012, “On the conduct of monetary policy in Vietnam”, (with J. Riedel), Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, 26 (1).

2012, “Should supporting industries be supported?”, Vietnam Economic Management Review, Special Issue "Promoting Industrial Cluster Development in Vietnam".

2012, "The impact of Microcredit on Self-employment profits in Vietnam" (with R. Lensink), the Economics of Transition, 20(1).

2011, “On the signaling property of debt maturity: empirical evidence from a private bank in Vietnam” (with R. Lensink), Applied Economics Letters, 10 February.

2008, “Household Borrowing in Vietnam: A comparative study of default risks of formal, informal and semi-formal credit” (with R. Lensink),Journal of Emerging Markets Finance, 7(3).

2007, “Lending policies of formal, informal and semi-formal lenders: Evidence from Vietnam” (with R. Lensink), the Economics of Transition,15(2).

2006, “On Signaling and Debt Maturity Choice” (with R. Lensink), Applied Financial Economics Letters, July, 2.

2006, “On the Signaling Role of Debt Maturity” (with R. Lensink), Topics in Theoretical Economics, Vol. 6: No. 1, Article 18,

Chapters in edited volumes

2008, “The determinants of loan contracts to business firms: Empirical evidence from a private bank in Vietnam” (with R.Lensink), chapter 10 inDomestic Resource Mobilization and Financial Development, edited by George Mavrotas, UNU-WIDER, WIDER series on Studies in Development Economics and Policy Series, Palgrave Macmillan, March.

2006, “Financial Liberalization in Vietnam: Impact on Loans from Informal, Formal, and Semi-formal Providers” (with R. Lensink and M. McGillivray), chapter 10 in Linking the Formal and Informal: Economy Concepts and Policies, edited by Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Ravi Kanbur and Elinor Ostrom, WIDER series on Development Studies, New York: Oxford University Press, September.

Reports and Policy Papers

2012, “Growth in Vietnam: myths and realities” (with J. Riedel), USAID/STAR Policy brief.

2012, “Restructuring in Vietnam: a new growth model and the middle-income trap” (with J. Riedel), USAID/STAR Policy brief.

2011, “Vietnam: on the trail of the Tigers: Revisited” (with J. Riedel), unpublished USAID/STAR report.

2011, “Expectation and the cost of disinflation” (with J. Riedel), USAID/STAR Policy brief

2011, “On the conduct of monetary policy in Vietnam” (with J. Riedel), USAID/STAR Policy brief.

2010, “An assessment of globalization in Vietnam under the BTA and WTO”, (with J. Riedel), unpublished USAID/STAR report.

Working Papers

2014, “Does exporting spur firm productivity? Evidence from Vietnam”, to be presented at the 8th Annual Empirical Investigation in Trade and Investment March 20 - 22, 2014.

2013, “An empirical assessment of the dynamics of comparative advantage” (with J. Riedel) submitted to World Economy.

2011, “Child schooling and child work decisions in Vietnamese rural households: the role of microfinance in poverty reduction”, presented at thePEGNet conference Sept 2009, the Hague, the Netherlands, to be submitted to Journal of Development Studies.

Completed Research Projects

2011, “Does microinsurance help the poor? Evidence from the targeted health microinsurance program in Vietnam 2004 – 2008”, carried out through a grant from the European Development Research Network, MicroInsurance Innovation Facility (

2010, “Globalization in Vietnam under the BTA and WTO,” conducted for USAID/STAR-Vietnam project (with J. Riedel).

Ongoing Research Projects

2012 – 2014, “Does exporting spur firm productivity and promote inclusive growth? Evidence from Vietnam”, carried out through a research grant from Mekong Economics Research Network, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, sponsored by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada.

2014 – 2015, “Does a firm’s position on the global value chain influence its performance? Evidence from Vietnam”, carried out through an Internal RMIT Research Grant.


Professional Service

Economic advisor  to USAID/STAR Vietnam.

Journal Reviewer  for World Development, Journal of Asian Economics.

Honors and Awards

2012:  “Lecturer of the year” award, School of Business, International University of Vietnam National University.

2012: research grant by the Mekong Economics Research Network, sponsored by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada.

2009: research grant by the European Development Research Network, sponsored by the International Labor Organization.

2002 – 2006: full-time Ubbo Emmius PhD Scholarship from University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

2000: Graduate student with Cum Laude, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.