Professor Huyen Nguyen, PhD

Current Position

since 1/20

Head of the Research Group The Financial Economics of Real Estate Markets and Regulation

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

since 10/19

Economist in the Department of Financial Markets

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

since 10/19

Assistant Professor

Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Research Interests

  • financial development
  • banking regulation
  • mortgage market

Huyen Nguyen is a member of the Department of Financial Markets at IWH as well as Assistant Professor of Financial Economics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena since October 2019. Her research focuses on mortgage markets, banking regulation and supervision, and financial economics.

Huyen Nguyen received her bachelor's degree from Foreign Trade University of Vietnam, her master's degree from Bangor University, and her PhD from University of Nottingham. Prior to joining IWH, Huyen Nguyen was a Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol, as well as a visiting scholar at the Bank of England, Deutsche Bundesbank, and the International Monetary Fund.

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Publications

Working Papers

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To Securitise or to Price Credit Default Risk?

Huyen Nguyen Danny McGowan

in: IWH Discussion Papers, No. 10, 2020

Abstract

We evaluate if lenders price or securitise mortgages to mitigate credit risk. Exploiting exogenous variation in regional credit risk created by differences in foreclosure law along US state borders, we find that financial institutions respond to the law in heterogeneous ways. In the agency market where Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) provide implicit loan guarantees, lenders transfer credit risk using securitisation and do not price credit risk into mortgage contracts. In the non-agency market, where there is no such guarantee, lenders increase interest rates as they are unable to shift credit risk to loan purchasers. The results inform the debate about the design of loan guarantees, the common interest rate policy, and show that underpricing regional credit risk leads to an increase in the GSEs‘ debt holdings by $79.5 billion per annum, exposing taxpayers to preventable losses in the housing market.

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