Qian Liu

Assistant Professor, Economics

Office: Plaza 449
905-688-5550 x6726


Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Western Ontario (2020)
M.A. in Economics from Renmin University of China (2012)
B.A. in Economics from Renmin University  of China (2010)

Research Interests

Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics, Economics of Education

“The Insurance Implications of Government Student Loan Repayment Schemes” (with Martin Gervais and Lance Lochner), AEA Papers and Proceedings, 2023, Vol. 113, 535-40.

Innis Lecture: “Returns on Student Loans in Canada”  (with Lance Lochner and Martin Gervais), Canadian Journal of Economics, 2021, 54(4), 1495-1524.

College Enrollment, Parental Transfers, and Student Loans.

Returns to Skill and the Evolution of Skills for Older Men (with Lance Lochner, Youngmin Park and Youngki Shin).

Implicit Insurance and Redistribution through Government Student Loans (with Martin Gervais and Lance Lochner).

The Effects of Financial Aid on Educational and Labour Market Outcomes.

  • International HPC Summer School (Poster), Czech Republic, July 2018
  • Canadian Economics Association Annual Conference, Antigonish, June 2017
  • Economics of China
  • Introduction to Econometrics