- Ph.D., Economics, School of Business and Economics/UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, 2016
- MPA, SPEA, IU Bloomington, 2012
- BS, Finance and Banking, National Economic University, Vietnam, 2008 (cum laude)
Thuy Nguyen is a development economist specializing in economics of corruption and regulations, growth, and applied microeconometrics. Her work focuses on firm-level empirical and theoretical models that cover broad issues of corruption, such as cross-country corruption measures' assessment and determinants of corruption from firm perspectives. Her 2016 Ph.D. dissertation was titled "Firm-level Theory and Evidence of Corruption."
Currently, Nguyen is involved in growth diagnostic research of the Vietnamese economy lead by professor Ricardo Hausmann. The research is anticipated to become an important input for the leaders of Vietnam's government and party in regard to formulating their economic development strategy. Nguyen has experience working for both private and public sectors as well as in academia. She has worked for the Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam, then as a researcher at the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam before pursuing her academic career. She taught several doctoral-level and master-level courses in research designs, impact evaluation and econometrics at Maastricht University.