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 economics and policy evaluation. My research focuses on conflicts of interest in the US health care system, including the role of whistleblower regulations on health care fraud enforcement, the impacts of provider-pharmaceutical relationships on health outcomes, and the impacts of regulations on drug and substance use. 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