Welcome to the official webpage of the Business and Economics Research Group (BERG) at Ho Chi Minh City Open University, Vietnam.

We are a young and energetic group of researchers. Established in October 2016, the group strives to be a premier research group in Business and Economics in Vietnam.

With the Australia-based leader, the group has 4 full-time researchers and a network of associate co-authors from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the UK. BERG’s research expertise includes Applied economics; Asset pricing (Cost of capital/capital asset pricing models); Value at Risk and Distance to Default; Fiscal Federalism/Decentralization & Inequality; Exchange rate policy; Energy and Environmental Economics; and Regional Economics.

BERG has more than 80 research papers published in peer-reviewed international journals which are indexed in Web of Science’s ISI (SSCI and SCIE) and Scopus (Q1 and Q2), including leading and high-impact-factor journals such as Journal of Economic Surveys; Renewable Energy; Applied Economics; Economics Letters; The North American Journal of Economics and Finance; Emerging Markets Finance and Trade; Journal of Intellectual Capitals; Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy; Singapore Economic Review; Economics Papers; Journal of Asian Economics and many others.

Two out of four full-time members of BERG have been awarded full scholarships (tuition fees and living allowances) to pursue a Ph.D. study in Australia (Mr. Pham Ngoc Thach) and Canada (Mr. Vo The Anh) in 2019.

None of the team members of BERG has been awarded a Ph.D. degree. As such, the key and fundamental aims of BERG are: (i) to provide an important platform for members to excel themselves to go to the advanced English-speaking countries for their Ph.D. studies and (ii) to contribute significant and high-quality research outputs in Business and Economics for HCMC Open University and Vietnam.

In Achieving International Excellence, the BERG’s philosophy, we aim to achieve high quality for everything we do here at BERG.


The Business and Economics Research Group at Ho Chi Minh City Open University (OU) has been established to achieve the following objectives:

    • To enhance and strengthen research capacities for staff and research students at OU by defining selected areas of research in business and economics which are unique to OU.
    • To exchange/share research ideas and to conduct joint research with highly regarded scholars from international universities/institutes.
    • To increase research’s outputs from highly ranked international journals, including journals/books indexed in SCOPUS and/or ISI and/or Australia’s ABDC Rankings from B and above.
    • To provide assistance to research activities in business and economics at OU.
VBER2019 – Unforgettable Moments and Images
VBER2019 has been successfully held on 18-20 July 2019. For some unforgettable moments and images, please visit here
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