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Sifan Liu 刘思凡

Senior Research Analyst, Metropolitan Policy Program

Brookings Institution

Hi! I'm Sifan Liu, a senior research analyst with the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. I use spatial analysis and data science tools to conduct data-driven policy research. I am a certified RStudio Instructor . My research interests include regional policy on innovation, entrepreneurship ecosystem, and economic development.

I have participated in panel talks on various topics, including business incentives and entrepreneurship , and minority business ownership.

I co-founded Data Whale , a team providing data-driven policy analysis in education, regional economy, health care, international development and beyond.


  • Entrepreneurship ecosystem
  • Economic development
  • Future of work


  • Master of Public Policy, 2016

    Georgetown University

  • Bachelor of Economics, 2014

    Shanghai Jiao Tong University


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