Xiaoyan Liang

Xiaoyan Liang
Lead Education Specialist,
The World Bank

Xiaoyan Liang is a lead education specialist at the World Bank. She has led policy dialogue and research as well as managed the World Bank’s education programs in Africa, Latin America, and East Asia Regions. She has expertise in education policy research, program development, and implementation in the areas of early childhood education, technical and vocational education, higher education, education finance, and teacher development. She is widely published. She previously was the team leader for the World Bank’s education programs in China, Malaysia, and Korea. Liang received her PhD from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Publications by Xiaoyan Liang
The Influence of Family Structure, Parental Practices, and Home Language
Recent work reveals sharp disparities in which types of children participate in center and preschools. Enrollment rates are especially low for Latino children, relative to Black and Anglo preschoolers, a gap that remains after taking into account…
The Influence of Household Support, Ethnicity, and Parental Practices
Accumulating evidence shows that young children benefit develop­mentally by participating in quality childcare centers and preschools. But we know little about which family characteristics and home practices influence parents' selection of a center-…