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Impacts of Direct and Indirect Tax Reforms in Vietnam: A CGE Analysis

Reviewer 1: Anonymous
Reviewer 2: Anonymous
Received: 13 February 2019 / Revised: 14 March 2019 / Accepted: 2 April 2019 / Published: 22 May 2019

Round 1

Reviewer 1 Report

It seems to be a fairly systematic revision compared to the previous version. However, there is still a relatively low importance in this manuscript. In other words, please omit unnecessary tables or pictures, so it is necessary to adjust the entire text with emphasis on the part you want to emphasize.

Author Response

Referee 1

 

It seems to be a fairly systematic revision compared to the previous version. However, there is still a relatively low importance in this manuscript. In other words, please omit unnecessary tables or pictures, so it is necessary to adjust the entire text with emphasis on the part you want to emphasize.

 

Reply to referee 1: Thank you for these helpful suggestions. We have reduced the number of figures and tables in the text. We have moved Figure 2 (GDP per capita), Figure 3 (Distribution of Income) and Table 7 (Sensitivity of output by sectors) to the Appendices A3, A4 and C7 respectively. We have made corresponding corrections in the text including re-numbering some figures and tables.  It would be unreasonable to move any from the remaining figures and tables.  We think, they are all either directly about our research questions or illustrate our analysis and results.


Referee 2

 

Authors reacted on the previous comments and significantly improved the paper.

 

Reply to referee 2: Thank you for reading our paper with interest.

 

 


Author Response File: Author Response.pdf

Reviewer 2 Report

Authors reacted on the previous comments and significanly improved the paper.

Author Response

Referee 2

 

Authors reacted on the previous comments and significantly improved the paper.

 

Reply to referee 2: Thank you for reading our paper with interest.

 


Author Response File: Author Response.pdf

This manuscript is a resubmission of an earlier submission. The following is a list of the peer review reports and author responses from that submission.


Round 1

Reviewer 1 Report

- This study is a great help to understand the impact of Vietnam's tax reform and it provides many implications for the macroeconomy because it uses sophisticated CGE research methodology.

- There are too many equations and figures across the body. This needs to be compacted or concatenated.


figure2.1 on page 5 needs to explain why there was no change in the Vietnamese gdp during the global financial crisis.


-The policy implications of the analysis should be presented before the conclusion on page 39. This analysis can be of value to the tax authorities of the Vietnamese government.


 

Reviewer 2 Report

Topic of the paper is interesting and worth the research.

I am of the opinion that the text needs amendments, both formal and explanatory.

Some of my remarks:

- aim should be clearly stated in the introduction, not at the end of the literature review and at the beginning of section 4

- it is not clear, what is the purpose of section 3, it should focus more on the tax reforms rather then just presenting several figures without much of explanation

- sections 4 and 5 should be better explained. Section 5 presents a lot of tables without proper explanation. Maybe some can be shifted to annex, so that authors can focus on main results and explain it more deeply

- section 6 is "copy paste" of part of the text in section 5 (!)

- conclusions must be improved; policy recommendations should be given with respect to the aim

- not all the references mentioned in the text are in the list of references, Nguyen Tien Dung and Nguyen Thi Huong

- I don't see where you "bring policy study experience of other countries such as the UK, the USA, the EU, China, India, Nepal and other countries in Sough Asia for this study" as writen in the introduction. I wouldn't mention the EU as a country as such.

- when you write "five households for Vietnam" in introduction, you probably mean "five types of households"?

- I am not able to confirm that the model stated in section 3 from equation 1 to 24 is correct


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