About Me

My name is Thuy Nguyen, a Research Assistant Professor and health economist at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Welcome to my website which outlines my research, teaching, past and current positions I have been involved with.

I specialize in health services research and health economics. My research primarily focuses on applying rigorous econometric methods and using novel datasets to evaluate policies and behavioral change surrounding the U.S. opioid epidemic, including pharmaceutical policies, incentive issues regarding clinicians, prescribing behavior, and health outcomes. I have extensive work examining dispensing patterns and access to providers of medications to treat opioid use disorder. I am currently the multiple PI of a National Institute on Drug Abuse R01 project to evaluate the effect of insurance barriers on treatment pattern and overdose risk among privately insured and Medicaid patients with opioid use disorder. My research has been published in JAMA Internal Medicine, PNAS, Addiction, Small Business Economics, and Journal of Health Economics.

I completed my Ph.D. in Economics from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. My Ph.D. dissertation contributed new evidence on the cause of corruption and the measurement validity of corruption perception indexes. I hold an MPA from the O’Neill School and a B.A. in finance from the National Economics University, Vietnam.

In my leisure time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, practicing yoga and tai chi, cooking Vietnamese food, and gardening.

Please feel free to contact me at: thuydn@umich.edu

Research interests

Economics of Conflicts of Interest
Healthcare Fraud, Corruption, Provider-Pharmaceutical Ties

Public Policy Analysis
Instrumental Variables, Difference-in-Differences

Health Policy
Social Distancing, Opioid Epidemic, Restrictive Marketing Regulations, Medicaid


Maastricht University
Ph.D. in Economics

Indiana University

National Economics University