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Korinek, Kim M. (2006). The Status Attainment of Young Adults during Market Transition: The Case of Vietnam. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 24(1), 55-72.


Research on post-socialist stratification and emerging inequalities in the course of market transition has focused heavily upon the workforce outcomes of cadres and elites whose status was acquired under the redistributive, command economy. Furthermore, this research has focused predominantly upon the market transition in China. This paper focuses upon status attainment processes experienced by a generation of young men and women entering school and work roles during the transition from socialism to market economy in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. An analysis of young adults’ status attainment outcomes in northern Vietnam reveals that advanced levels of schooling, which are highly consequential for young adults’ attainment of professional, managerial and other high status occupations, are disproportionately attained by individuals whose parents have been highly educated, employed in high status state sector jobs, and members of the Communist Party. These results suggest that the institution of education and allocation of educational resources provide pathways along which influential and elite groups of the socialist era transfer their status to a younger generation transitioning to adulthood during the market reform period.


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Research in Social Stratification and Mobility


Korinek, Kim M.