Introduction

Chengfang Liu is an associate professor at the School of Advanced Agricultural Science, Peking University. She obtained her PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California (Davis). She has more than 15 years of research experience in the field of agricultural and rural development, with focus on the provision of rural infrastructure, human capital, and migration. Her work is highly empirical, drawing on a large number of datasets that she and her teams of co-authors have collected in rural China. She has published 80 papers both domestically and internationally, of which 40 are in science/social science citation index journals. Based on her empirical and action-oriented researches, she has presented almost 20 policy suggestions to China’s central government. Chengfang is currently working on ways to carry out rigorous impact assessments of agricultural and rural development policies. She is the principal investigator of the rural education action programme at Stanford University.

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