Eva (Yiwen) Zhang was the research statistician and quality control coordinator at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, ensuring that data and models flowing through the Institute meet rigorous standards of replicability. She was also a 2020–21 Eranda Rothschild Foundation Junior Fellow.*
An expert in econometric modeling, she worked on a variety of topics including cross-country capital flows, international trade, consumer markets in Japan and China, and gender issues. She joined the Institute as a research analyst in June 2018 and worked with Reginald Jones Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown on international trade policy, the US-China trade war, and trade negotiations. Prior to that, Zhang worked at the Brookings Institution and conducted research on international finance, centralized cryptocurrencies, fintech regulatory sandboxes, and monetary union in West Africa.
Zhang received a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy in 2018 and a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a minor in international affairs in 2016. She received a post-master’s certificate in quantitative methods in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University in 2020.
*The Peterson Institute is grateful to the Eranda Rothschild Foundation for their support in establishing a junior fellowship program at the Institute that is designed to give men and women who are at an early stage of their careers the opportunity to work in an intellectually challenging, highly collaborative, and policy relevant environment, alongside some of the world’s leading economists. The Eranda Rothschild Foundation Junior Fellowship is awarded annually to outstanding young economists who have demonstrated exceptional talents in and enthusiasm for the study of economic policy.