Yilin Pan is a consultant at the World Bank's education sector. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Economics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She specializes in cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis, decision-making in resource allocation and Bayesian statistics. Dr. Pan’s research aims to facilitate the utilization of research evidence to better guide policymakers and practitioners' decision-making about resource allocation. She has been working on applying Bayesian statistics to improve the methodologies that generate research evidence. Her attempts focus on localizing evidence of program effectiveness and cost obtained from evaluation settings to reflect the student and teacher characteristics of a specific decision-making setting, the subjective judgments of the local decision makers and the values of the local stakeholders. Yilin Pan earned a B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics and a M.A. in Higher Education at Tsinghua University, P. R. China.