Le Dang Trung is the Founder and Chief Economist at Real-Time Analytics (RTA), a leading research consulting and technology development firm located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam since 2013.
His strong interest in applying technology in data collection, survey methodology, quantitative analyses and monitoring and evaluation led him to pioneer the development of Real-Time Survey (rtSurvey) for RTA, enabling the implementation of computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI) and large-scale data collection.
He has over 15 years of experience in project management, socio-economic analysis, and impact evaluation, acting as a leader and key expert in a number of large-scale surveys conducted throughout Vietnam. His research interests cover applied microeconomics and econometrics, such as risks and disasters, household and labor economics, economic development and the application of technology in development studies.
Additionally, Trung is the key author in multiple research projects funded by international development partners and the Government of Vietnam, such as Vietnam Millennium Development Goal Report 2010 and Vietnam Development Report 2007. Research areas include various development themes such as poverty reduction, climate change, labor and enterprise, etc. He also has publications in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Agricultural Economics, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, Oxford Development Studies and World Development.
Trung holds a PhD in Development Economics from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He was a Visiting Scholar at University of California, Berkeley in 2010-11 and previously obtained a M.Sc. in Development Economics from the Vietnam-Netherlands Master in Development Economics Programme. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City with his wife and daughter.