Thuy Doan

Thuy Doan

Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, Graduate Research Assistant

University of Hawaii at Manoa


I am a doctoral candidate in Economics and currently working as a graduate research assistant at Electrical Engineering Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa. I am broadly interested in environmental, energy, and development economics. Motivated by an interest in informing public policy, my work focus on analyzing and evaluating electricity conservation programs, natural gas market efficiency, extreme weather impacts, and vulnerable population well-being. Before moving to Hawaii for my dotoral program, I was a lecturer in Economics at Ho Chi Minh City Open University in Vietnam. I will be available for interviews for the 2021-2022 job market.


  • Environmental and energy economics
  • Development economics
  • Behavioral economics


  • Ph.D. in Economics, 2022 (Expected)

    University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • MS in Public Policy, 2013

    Fulbright Economics Teaching Program

  • BS in Economics, 2007

    Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics


  • Applied econometrics
  • Programming (R, Stata, and Python)
  • Linear optimization (Pyomo, CPLEX/ Gurobi)
  • Social network analysis (Gephi)
  • Spatial data analysis (ArcGIS)
  • Project financial/economic appraisal (MS Excel)
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Microsoft Office
  • LaTeX

Working Papers

Work in Progress

Are we building too many natural gas pipelines?

Natural gas has been considered a bridge fuel between coal and renewable energy in the energy transition. Since 2005, coal-to-gas switching has been the largest driver of electricity sector CO2 emission reductions, accounting for 61% of the total in 2019 (cumulative 3,351 MMmt, EIA’s data). However, natural gas is still a carbon-emitting energy source and will be substituted by 2050 under the U.S.’s net-zero emissions plan. Natural gas infrastructure assets today thus will likely be stranded in the future. The consequences of massive stranded asset costs might delay the energy transition progress in the long run. Besides, on the regulatory side, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been criticized for the combination of two reasons (1) approving a new interstate pipeline project based on self-dealing contracts between pipeline companies and theirs affiliated shippers as proof of market needs, and (2) offering an above-risk rate of return to pipeline companies. Such projects cause the inherent risk-shifting from pipeline companies to captive customers who are imposed with substantial reservation costs regardless of whether their gas utility uses the pipeline capacity. This paper contributes to the ongoing regulatory debate by examining the efficiency of the current natural gas pipeline network in the contiguous U.S. In addition, we provide a model-based project evaluation method that will be useful to assess the need for a new natural gas interstate pipeline on the pathway to net-zero emissions. The preliminary results show that the U.S. had built too many pipelines and slightly less storage than necessary. Pipelines had been overbuilt in some regions while under-invested in others. The model solution suggests that building additional storage is more efficient than building more pipelines in some states. Besides, investing in gas storage rather than pipelines also supports energy security in extreme weather events.

Book Section

Evaluating the Debt Burden on Non-financial Listed Companies in Vietnam



Ho Chi Minh City Open University, Vietnam, 2013 - 2016

Public Economics
Principles of Microeconomics

Teaching Assistant

University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2016 - 2018

Econ 131: Principles of Macroeconomics
Econ 301: Intermediate Microeconomics
Econ 356: Games and Economic Behavior
Econ 627: Mathematics for Economics
Econ 606: Microeconomic Theory 1
Econ 608: Microeconomic Theory 2
Econ 629: Econometrics 2

Professional References

Michael J. Roberts

(Academic Advisor, Dissertation Committee Chair)

Professor, Department of Economics
Research Fellow, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO)
Sea Grant

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Saunders Hall 510
2424 Maile Way, Honolulu, HI 96822
Email: mjrobert at hawaii dot edu
Phone: (808) 956-6310

Nori Tarui

(Graduate Chair, Dissertation Committee Member)

Professor and Graduate Chair, Department of Economics
Research Fellow, UHERO
Co-Director, Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS) Graduate Certificate Program
Senior Advisor to the Dean on Global College Initiatives, College of Social Sciences

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Saunders Hall 518
2424 Maile Way, Honolulu, HI 96822
Email: nori at hawaii dot edu
Phone: (808) 956-8427

Matthias Fripp

(RA Supervisor, Dissertation Committee Member)

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Fellow, UHERO

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Holmes 446
2540 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822
Email: mfripp at hawaii dot edu
Phone: (808) 956-3795