Yanyan Liu is a Senior Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division.

She received a joint PhD in economics and agricultural economics from Michigan State University in 2006. Prior to joining IFPRI in 2009, she worked for RTI International, and for the Development Research Group at the World Bank.

Her research has focused on program impact evaluation, microfinance, microinsurance, and economic transformation. Her work has been published in journals such as Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Risk and Insurance, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, World Bank Economic Review, and World Development.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)