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“...The Fulbright School com-bines the Kennedy School approach to public policy education with a sophisticated knowledge of the Vietnamese economy. I believe it is playing an important role in preparing the next generation of policymakers.”

- Mr. Cao Duc Phat -
Minister of Agriculture

Nguyen Xuan Thanh

Lecturer of Public Policy
Director of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program and Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia Fellow Harvard Kennedy School




Nguyen Xuan Thanh is the director of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City, and a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Thanh’s work focuses on development finance, public investment, and infrastructure development. His recent and ongoing research projects include cross-ownership in Vietnam’s banking sector, Vietnam’s infrastructure constraints, and Ho Chi Minh City’s development strategies. Prior to joining the Fulbright School, Thanh served as an official in the municipal government of Ho Chi Minh City.


At the Fulbright School, Thanh teaches courses on case studies for policy analysis, financial analysis, and the appraisal of public investment. He directs the overall activities of Fulbright School and its Master in Public Policy program, the first degree program in public policy to be offered in Vietnam. He teaches regularly in the Fulbright School’s executive education and policy dialogue initiatives. Thanh earned a B.A. (hons) in economics from the University of New Delhi, an M.S. in economics in finance from the University of Warwick, and a M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School.


SELECTED RESEARCH/PUBLICATIONS Ho Chi Minh City: The Challenges of Growth, under UNDP – Harvard Policy Dialogue Papers “Series on Vietnam’s WTO Accession and International Competitiveness Research”, 2010 (joint research work with David Dapice and Jose A.Gomez-Ibanez). Vietnam’s Infrastructure Constraints, under UNDP – Harvard Policy Dialogue Papers “Series on Vietnam’s WTO Accession and International Competitiveness Research”, 2010. Applied General Equilibrium Model for Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City, 1996 (joint research work with Nguyen Thi Canh). Review of Ho Chi Minh City’s Development Plans under Project VIE/95/051, “Strengthening Capacity for Urban Management and Planning in Ho Chi Minh City” funded by UNDP, 1997. Ben Tre Socio-economic Household Survey under Project “Strengthening Capacity for Poverty Alleviation  in Ben Tre”, funded by UNDP, 1998 (joint work with Truong Si Anh). Assessment of Ho Chi Minh City's Economic Situation in 1997-1998, 1998 (joint research work with Tran Du Lich and others).   Assessment of Domestic Investment in Ho Chi Minh City during the 1991-2000 period, 2000 (joint research work with Tran Du Lich and others).

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