The Importance of Being Wanted by QuyToan Do and Tung Duc Phung

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The authors of The Importance of Being Wanted written by Quy-Toan Do and Tung Duc Phung described, with the use of a professional writing style that is simple and easy to understand, the topic and explained the purpose of the research clearly. They likewise were sufficiently objective in describing the limitations of the study, balancing the implications of the results and raising issues for further scientific investigation, such as the pervasiveness of superstition in influencing parental decisions for childbearing.Their grasp of Vietnamese culture is, in the absence of this reviewer’s prior knowledge on the subject, quite comprehensive, informational and fascinating. The diagrammatic approach in outlining the Vietnamese zodiac drives home the point that in Eastern cultures, many life-and-death decisions are determined by the stars. This may not sound scientific, but observing the fast economic growth rates and ongoing business successes of the developing Asian economies, it is easy to fall into the trap of questioning the wisdom of human decisions backed by millennia of experience.Do and Phung attempted to explain in a rational manner what seems like a sophisticated decision-making model based on Vietnamese culture’s reliance on the zodiac and linked this with the finding that large birth cohorts coincided with the auspicious years. They observed that, over the twenty-one years of the sample study, auspicious cohorts were schooled for 0.2 years more than the non-auspicious cohorts.Discussion of Relevant IssuesMany economic research studies are based on statistics that researchers hope are reliable. The problem is that in most totalitarian governments, such as Vietnam’s, statistics are meant to support the government’s over-all objective of total control over the population. Whilst this is not a political economics peer review but one made by an amateur economist, it would be fair to question the objectivity of public statistics, notwithstanding the co-authorship of the article under review by an official in the subject government’s statistical office.