Yifan Bai


Yifan Bai is a researcher at AIR. Her primary scholarly interests focus on understanding factors related to children’s academic achievement in the U.S. and other countries. Her work has been published and presented at various professional conferences and proceedings. Her co-authored book, Socioeconomic Inequality and Educational Outcomes: Evidence from Twenty Years of TIMSS, examined changes in achievement gaps due to family socioeconomic status in thirteen education systems over a 20-year period (1995-2015).

Dr. Bai specializes in a variety of statistical methods and works on research projects analyzing national and international large-scale datasets, including the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

Ph.D., Educational Theory and Policy & Comparative and International Education, Pennsylvania State University; M.S.Ed., Educational Policy, University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, Nanjing University