Yijun Liu is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at George Washington University in Washington DC. She was formerly a Research Associate for the FCP, MForesight, and SCIP/TCA programs at the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy (IRLEE). Yijun conducted secondary market research, provided recommendations and supported project follow-ups with clients to address critical gaps in sales & marketing, business & financial modeling, regulatory compliance, and competitive landscape analyses. She also co-authored a white paper with Dr. Roland Zullo for the Department of Defense focusing critical issues for firms and communities facing defense dollar drawdowns from 2014 to 2015. Yijun has a continuous love for economics and is passionate about using economics to address business issues. Yijun holds a Masters degree in Applied Economics with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Economics in Finance from Tongji University.