Wendy C.Y. Li

Executive Director at Moon Economics Institute

Wendy C.Y. Li is the Executive Director of the Moon Economics Institute and a world-leading expert in data valuation, intangible capital, and the digital economy. She is an elected Council Member of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) in 2022-2026, and the Conference Chair for the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) Society of Government Economists (SGE) Sessions, and the Outreach Director of SGE in the U.S. She is a member of the program committee of the 2023 IARIW-CIGI Special Conference on the valuation of data, and also serves on the Committee of Inclusiveness and Accessibility at IARIW. Her current research focuses on online platforms, the value of data, markets for data, cross-border data flow, and digital trade. Her areas of general interest are intangible capital, depreciation of intangible capital, innovation, and globalization. She is recognized by the OECD's Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation as one of the world’s leading experts in the areas of valuation of data and online platforms. She is also recognized by the World Trade Organization (WTO) as one of the world's leading technical experts in data flows and trade. Her research has been presented at international institutions, including the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the International Monetary Fund, the OECD, the United Nations, and the WTO. She served as an Expert Advisory Board Member for a European Commission project on Economic Values of Data Flows in 2021-2022, and an Advisory Group member for the Valuing Data project conducted by the University of Cambridge and the Open Data Institute in 2019-2020. She was a research economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce from September 2008 to July 2021, when she also served as a liaison for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession of the American Economic Association during 2019-2021. She received a B.A. in Economics from the National Taiwan University, an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the National Chengchi University, an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles..