Business and Economics Research Group (BERG)
The Business and Economics Research Group at Ho Chi Minh City Open University (OU) has been established to achieve the following objectives:
- To enhance and strengthen research capacities for staff and research students at OU by defining selected areas of research in business and economics which are unique to OU.
- To exchange/share research ideas and to conduct joint research with highly regarded scholars from international universities/institutes.
- To increase research’s outputs from highly ranked international journals, including journals/books indexed in SCOPUS and/or ISI and/or Australia’s ABDC Rankings from B and above.
- To provide assistance to research activities in business and economics at OU.
Focused Research Areas
Members of the BERG have been defining and developing research expertise in the following areas:
- Asset pricing (Cost of capital/capital asset pricing models);
- Value at Risk and Distance to Default;
- Fiscal Federalism/Decentralization & Inequality;
- Exchange rate policy; and
- Regional Economics.
Dr Duc Vo was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics in 2008 by the University of Western Australia (UWA), one of the best universities in Australia, the World’s Top 100 Universities. Duc’s PhD study was sponsored by the Australian Government’s prestigious scholarship (the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship) and the UWA’s Postgraduate Awards. Duc was also a recipient of the UQ-VNU scholarship to complete his Masters studies at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.
Duc’s research has been published in various leading international journals such as The Journal of Economic Surveys [SSCI with Impact Factor of 2.1; ISI Journal Citation Reports @ Ranking: 61/347 (Economics), Scopus (Quarter 1), ranked 34/2080 journals in IDEAS/RePEC]; North American Journal of Finance and Economics (SSCI with IF 1.1); Applied Economics (SSCI, ranked A); Annals of Financial Economics (ESCI); Journal of Risks and Financial Management (ESCI); Journal of the Asia Pacific Economies [SSCI]; International Encyclopaedia of Public Policy; Rivista di diritto Finanziario e Scienza delle Finanze; Emerging Markets Finance and Trade [SSCI and Scopus (Quarter 1)]; Applied Economics Letters [SSCI]; Journal Of Asian Economics [SSCI]; Data In Brief (Scopus Q1); Economic Papers [ESCI & Scopus]; Economic Systems [SSCI and Scopus with Impact Factor of 1.197]; Journal of Intellectual Capitals (SSCI with the IF 3.7); and many others. Duc’s current research interest covers a wide range of topics from cost of capital for regulated businesses to shadow economy; corporate governance; credit rating; and risk management. He has also acted as a reviewer and an advisory member for various international ISI and/or Scopus indexed journals as well as Vietnamese journals.
Duc is currently working at the national regulator, the Australian Energy Regulator, in Melbourne. He had been working at the Economic Regulation Authority in Perth, Australia from 2008 to 2016 as the Head, responsible for Research and Modelling Branch. Duc has been recently appointed as an advisor for the Financial Markets and Services Research Centre at Edith Cowan University, Australia. He is an active member of the Asian Business and Organisational Research Group at Edith Cowan University, Australia. Duc is a member of the Scientific Committee, Faculty of International Business, HCMC Banking University, Vietnam. Duc is also the chairman of the “Live for A Reason: Supporting Disadvantaged Kids to Schools” Foundation.
Mr Thach Pham was awarded a Master of Arts in Development Economics in 2015 by the Vietnam-Netherlands Programme with the highest GPA for the entire duration of studies.
Research findings from his thesis entitle “Capital Asset Pricing Models: Beta and What Else?” were presented at various international and highly regarded Vietnamese conferences including the Vietnam International Conference In Finance (VICIF). In particular, Thach’s paper entitled The Economics of Estimating Equity Beta for the ASEAN region was presented at the 5th International Conference on Energy Economics held at UWA Business School, the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia in February 2016. Thach’s research has been published in various peer reviewed journals including Journal of Asian Economics; Emerging Markets Finance and Trade; Applied Economics Letters; Data in Brief; International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues; International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy; Applied Economics; Annals of Financial Economics; Borsa Istanbul Review and Risks.
Thach’s current research interests are cost of capital, Value at Risk and Distance to Default Modelling on commodities markets.
Thach was awarded a PhD Scholarship from the Australian Government at School of Business, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia in 2019.
Mr Anh Vo was awarded a Master of Arts in Development Economics in 2015 by the Vietnam-Netherlands Programme, one of the most highly regarded master programs in Vietnam. His thesis titled “Exchange rate and Trade balance: A new approach using Big Mac Index” was marked as the best thesis from the Program in 2015.
Anh presented findings from his research at various conferences, including the 23th Annual Conference on Pacific Basin Finance, Economics, Accounting, and Management held in Ho Chi Minh City in 2015 and Vietnam International Conference in Finance. He has research papers published various peer reviewed journals including Economics Bulletin; Emerging Markets Finance and Trade; The North American Journal of Economics and Finance; Journal of Risk and Financial Management and Annals of Financial Economics
Anh’s current research interests include international trade, exchange rate policy, regional economics, and financial integration.
Anh was awarded a PhD Scholarship by the University of Concordia in 2019.
Dai Tran is pursuing the Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (“UTCC”), Thailand with full merit-based UTCC Graduate Scholarships. Previously, Dai obtained his Master of Business and Commerce with honors at the University of Western Sydney, Australia from which he was also awarded the partial scholarship. Furthermore, prior to graduating as a Bachelor in Corporate Finance at the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City, Dai was granted one of the prestigious scholarships of Petrol Vietnam Fertilizers and Chemical Corporation within 2 years. In addition, Dai was also awarded the Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”), a professional accountancy body in the United Kingdom with Tuition Fee Scholarship from Smart Train – a platinum tuition provider of ACCA.
Prior to commencement of his Ph.D. programme at UTCC, Dai worked as an external financial auditor at KPMG in Vietnam and Cambodia, where he actively took part in multiple audit engagements for leading financial institutions as well as foreign-directly invested (FDI) organizations in the region. Later on, he assumed the role of accounting specialist in a Vietnamese state-owned enterprise and internal auditor at a French IT company’s subsidiary in Ho Chi Minh City.
Dai has involved in various research projects in finance and economics since his undergraduate programme. He was the runner-up in the “The Young Economist” research competition held by the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh Chi City two years in a row with two theses: “The impact of capital structure on the efficiency of commercial banks in Vietnam between 2005 and 2010” (2012) and “Asymmetric interest rate pass-through: the role of banks in Vietnam” (2013).
In November 2017, he presented his working paper on “Intellectual capital and Financial Performance: A study of the Thai banking sector” at the “Regional Integration in the Asia-Pacific region: Prospects, Challenges and Implications for Vietnam”- themed international conference held by the Open University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Dai’s research was published in the Journal of Intellectual Capital [SSCI with Impact Factor of 3.6]
Mr Thang Nguyen was awarded a Master of Arts in Development Economics in 2018 by the Vietnam-Netherlands Programme.
Thang presented findings from his research at various conferences, including the 10th Vietnam Economist Annual Meeting, Vietnam’s Business and Economics Research Conference, and 4th International Conference on China’s Rise and Internationalization.
Thang’s research has been published in various peer reviewed journals including Emerging Markets Finance and Trade; The North American Journal of Economics and Finance; Journal of Risk and Financial Management and Borsa Istanbul Review.
Thang’s current research interests are on Asset Pricing, Development Finance and Inequality.
Mr Chi Ho was awarded a Master of Arts in Development Economics in 2019 by the Vietnam-Netherlands Programme.
The findings from his first ever research paper entitled “Exchange Rate Pass-through in the ASEAN Countries: An Application of the SVAR model” were presented at the Vietnam’s Business and Economics Research conference (VBER2017) and published in the Emerging Markets Finance and Trade. From this Conference, he was awarded the best presentation award.
Chi’s research interests are on Development Finance and Inequality in emerging markets.
Mr Tan Vu was awarded the Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting in 2015 by the Vietnamese German University. In 2017, Tan was awarded the Master of Science in International Economics and Economic Policy by the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. Tan completed his Master Degree with a dissertation on “Rent-seeking for export licenses: The case of the rice market in Vietnam”.
Tan presented part of his dissertation in Vietnam’s Business and Economics Research Conference 2018 where he won the Best Poster Award.
Tan’s current research interest is on Energy and Agriculture.
To whom it may concern,
The Business and Economics Research Group (BERG), Ho Chi Minh City Open University is looking for various positions of Research Assistants/ Research Associates for the following projects: The Economic Impacts of Retirement Ages; Regional Economics; Gender-based Inequality in Income and Wealth (Economics); Market Risk & Credit Risk and Capital Asset Pricing Models (Finance). If you are interested in these positions, please email your expressions of interests (EOI) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When preparing your EOI, please make sure that the following information is included: (i) personal details and contacts; (ii) education background; (iii) working and research experience (if any); and (iv) extra curricula activities and hobbies.
We reserve the rights to offer by invitation to appropriate candidates. Female students and students with mathematics/ statistics/ non-economic background are strongly encouraged to apply.
We trust the above is of assistance. In the meantime, should you require any further information and clarification in relation to the above positions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Anh Vo at email@example.com.
We look forward to receiving your application and to welcoming you to our BERG.
Dr Duc Hong Vo
Head, Business and Economics Research Group
HCMC Open University