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Published by: World Bank, 2018

Country / Region: Vietnam

Gender Gap in Earnings in Vietnam: Why Do Vietnamese Women Work in Lower Paid Occupations?

30 March 2018

Women in Vietnam earn on average VND 3 million less per year than men — or around a month’s income.
The analysis finds that, despite the fact that Vietnamese girls aspire to higher-paid occupations than boys in childhood, women forego higher pay to work in occupations and industries that offer better non-monetary benefits (paid leave, lower weekly hours, health insurance, and social insurance) — a choice that may be driven by an unequal distribution of house- and care- work.

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