Chung Thanh Phan

School:  The Business School
Department: Economics & Finance 
Position: Lecturer
Location: RMIT Saigon South
ORCID: 0000-0002-5478-8943

Dr Chung received both master and PhD in Economics from James Cook University, Australia. Prior to joining RMIT Vietnam, Dr Chung worked as a lecturer/research assistant at James Cook University, Australia for more than 3 years. He also has more than 15 years of experience working as a senior lecturer in Economics in Vietnam. Also, he has more than one year of experience working as a research collaborator for the Harvard Business School, Harvard University, USA. His research interest focuses on economics development, household and SME economy. He has demonstrated his outstanding skillset in statistics, quantitative research methods, and big data analysis.

  • PhD in Economics, James Cook University, Australia.
  • Master of Economics, James Cook University, Australia.


Applied Economics, Blockchain Economy, Financial development, Household and small & medium enterprises economics, Development Economics.

  • [ABDC: B, SCOPUS: Q2] Phan, C. T., Sun, S., Zhou, Z.-Y., Beg, R., & Ramsawak, R. (2023). Does productive microcredit improve rural children's education? Evidence from rural Vietnam. Journal Of Asian Economics, 84, 101555.
  • [ABDC: B, SCOPUS: Q2] Phan, C. T., Vo, T. T., & Vo, D. T. H. (2022). Can microcredit reduce vulnerability to poverty? Evidence from rural Vietnam. Review of Development Economics, 1–22.
  • [ABDC: B, SCOPUS: Q2] Phan, C.T. (2021), "Book review", China Agricultural Economic Review, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 464-466.
  • [ABDC: B, SCOPUS: Q2] Diem, V.T.H., S. Sun, and T.P. Chung, Does Export Destination Affect Firm Productivity? Evidence From Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Vietnamese Manufacturing Sector. Global Economic Review, 2020. 49(1): p. 23-42. 
  • [ABDC:A, SCOPUS: Q1] Chung, T.P., et al., Does Microcredit Improve Rural Households’ Social Network? Evidence from Vietnam. The Journal of Development Studies, 2020. 56(10): p. 1947-1963.
  • [ABDC: B, SCOPUS: Q2] Chung, T.P., et al., Does microcredit increase household food consumption? A study of rural Vietnam. Journal of Asian Economics, 2019. 62: p. 39-51.
  • [ABDC: B, SCOPUS: Q2] Chung, T.P., S. Sun, and V.T.H. Diem, How does financial development interact with economic growth in five ASEAN countries? The Singapore Economic Review, 2019. 64(03): p. 441-460.

Internal Research Grant, RMIT (2023) - 200 million VND

  • 2016-2020: Endeavour Leadership Program, Australia.
  • 2015-2016: New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship.
  • 2012-2014: Australian Development Scholarship.
  • 2010-2011: English Learning Course Scholarship.

  • 2/2022 – present: Lecturer in Economics, The Business School, RMIT Vietnam.
  • 7/2021 – 3/2023: Research fellow, Accounting & Management Unit, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, USA.
  • 6/2018-6/2020: Teaching assistant, College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University, Australia.
  • 2006 – 2/2022: Senior lecturer in Economics, Tay Nguyen University, Daklak, Vietnam.