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Cathy Yang Liu

Associate Professor    , , ,

Ph.D., University of Southern California


Community and Economic Development, Urban Labor Market and Policy, Migration and Entrepreneurship, International Urban Development


Cathy Y. Liu’s research interests lie at the intersection of urban housing market and labor market, especially as pertinent to the socioeconomic mobility of minorities and immigrants. She addresses urban policy and community development issues in the context of changing urban spatial form, demographic dynamics and economic processes. Her recent works examine how residential location and segregation plays out in immigrants’ employment outcomes and travel patterns, as well as their job quality. Other topics include the creative economy and ethnic entrepreneurship. She is also interested in urban development and migration issues in the international context.

Dr. Liu received her Ph.D. in Planning from the University of Southern California and MPP from the University of Chicago. Her research can be found in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Urban Studies, Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Economic Development Quarterly, among others, and has been supported by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Haynes Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation and Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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