In Vietnam, Mopeds Help Teach Economics

Grow Magazine — Fall 2011

When Corbett Grainger wanted to teach Vietnamese students the basics of environmental economics, he had no problem getting them motivated. He just talked about the motor scooters jamming the roads of Hanoi.

The bikes make for great local color, he says—it’s not unusual to see one carrying an entire family or livestock or large pieces of furniture. But it’s also not unusual to see people wearing masks to filter out the fumes from tens of thousands of scooters.

So students were very curious about potential market-based solutions to road congestion, such as taxes and tolls, says Grainger, a CALS assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics.

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