Staff Directory


Junyi Liu, PhD

Assistant Professor of Economics

Phone: 949-480-4404

Fax: 949-480-4264


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D. Economics, Indiana University Bloomington, 2012
  • M.A. Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2007
  • M.A. Finance, Peking University, 2004
  • B.A. Economics and Governance, Peking University, 2002

Positions Held

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Soka University of America, 2015-present.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Occidental College, 2013-2014.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Loyola Marymount University, 2012-13. 

Research Interests

  • Economic Development (Chinese Economy)
  • Public Health
  • International Economics
  • Political Economy

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • "Local Labor Market Fluctuations and Physical Activity among Adults in the United States, 1990-2009". 2012. ISRN Public Health,Volume 2012 (Joint with Ruopeng An).
  • "Fast-food and full-service restaurant consumption in relation to daily energy and nutrient intakes among US adult cancer survivors, 2003-2012". 2015. Nutrition and Health,2013 Jul-Oct; 22(3-4):181-95 (Joint with Ruopeng An).
  • "Functional Limitation and cognitive impairment among 80+ year old Chinese". 2016. Australasian Journal on Aging, 2016 Dec. 35(4):266-272. (Joint with Jiakun Zheng, Ruopeng An).
  • "Diet and self-rated health among oldest-old Chinese". 2018. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2018 May - June;76:125-132 (Joint with Ruopeng An, Xiaoling Xiong, and Chenghua Guan).
  • "Systemic Financial Risk and Macroeconomic Activity in China". Accepted by Journal of Economics and Business, (Joint with Qing He, Zongxin Qian, and Jingyun Gan)
  • "Influence of Trade Liberalization on the Global Obesity Epidemic, 1975?2016" (Joint with Ruopeng An et al.) under review.
  • "Effectiveness of Food Pantry-based Interventions on Diet and Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review" (Joint with Ruopeng An, et al.). Under Review.
  • "International Tax Competition, Transfer Pricing and Tax Haven" (Joint with Michael Alexeev and Leslie Young). 2014. Working Paper.
  • "Taxation of the Financial U.S. Multinationals and Transfer Pricing". 2015. Working Paper.
  • "Taxation, Corruption, and the Activity of the U.S. Multinationals" (Joint with Michael Alexeev and Leslie Young). 2016. Working Paper.
  • "Bureaucratic Integration and Business Cycle Synchronization" (Joint with Qing He, Chang Xue and Shaojie Zhou). 2017. Working Paper.

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Macroeconomics, International Economics, Principle of Economics, Introduction to Paci c Basin, Development Economics.
  • Learning Cluster: A tale of two cities through economic lenses: Los Angeles and Beijing; I and II.
  • Learning Cluster: Social Enterprise and Economic Development: San Francisco and Hong Kong; I and II.

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Students Economics Fellowship, Indiana University, 2009
  • Fee Scholarship of Arts and Science, Indiana University, 2007 to 2012
  • Government Scholarship, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2005 to 2007