Panelist: Chengfang Liu
Chengfang Liu is a Boya Chair Professor at the School of Advanced Agriculture Sciences, Peking University (PKU), and a senior research fellow at the China Center for Agricultural Policy (CCAP), PKU. She obtained her Ph.D degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California (Davis) in 2008. For almost 20 years, she has worked on the economics of poverty reduction by focusing on issues of agriculture and rural development. Her work is highly empirical, drawing on a large number of datasets that she and her coauthoring teams have collected in rural China. Currently, her work on poverty has its full focus on human capital, including issues of rural education, health and nutrition. With her coauthors, Dr. Liu has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed journals both domestically and internationally, such as Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Economics of Education Review, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, etc. In recognition of her work, Dr. Liu won The China National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scientists (Guojia Jieqing) in 2019, one of the highest academic honors that can be bestowed on a young scholar in China. She was elected as the Chair-Elect of the China Section of Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) in 2019. Chengfang is currently working on how to carry out rigorous impact assessments in early childhood development policies/programs.