Julia Lane

Julia Lane is an Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research

Honorary Positions
Gutenberg Chair, University of Strasbourg
Professor Conventienee, BETA University of Strasbourg CNRS
Chercheur Associee, Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris
Professor, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research, University of Melbourne

Her previous jobs have included:

  • Senior Managing Economist at the American Institutes for Research
  • Program Director of the Science of Science & Innovation Policy program at the National Science Foundation
  • Senior Vice President and Director, Economics Department at NORC/University of Chicago
  • Director of the Employment Dynamics Program at the Urban Institute
  • Senior Research Fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau and
  • Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at American University.

In these positions, Julia has led many initiatives, including:

  • Founder and developer of the STAR METRICS program, which has been highlighted nationally and internationally, including by Science and Nature.
  • Developed and led NSF’s Science of Science & Innovation Policy program.
  • Co-Chair NSTC’s Science of Science Policy interagency group.
  • Recruited by White House management to lead the development of the national R&D Dashboard prototype
  • Initiated and founded the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program at the U.S. Census Bureau. This program was the first large-scale linked employer-employee dataset in the United States, and has evolved into a permanent Census Bureau program.
  • Created, developed and managed the NORC/University of Chicago data enclave. This provides a confidential, protected environment within which authorized researchers can access sensitive microdata remotely.
  • Led the Economics Department at NORC at the University of Chicago; oversaw the implementation of some of the most visible social science surveys in the US.

Julia has published over 70 articles in leading economics journals, and authored or edited six books. She became an American Statistical Association Fellow in 2009. She has been the recipient of over $30 million in grants; from foundations such as the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the National Institute of Health; from government agencies such as the Departments of Commerce, Labor, and Health and Human Services in the U.S., the ESRC in the U.K., and the Department of Labour and Statistics New Zealand in New Zealand, as well as from international organizations such as the World Bank.

She has organized over 40 national and international conferences, received several national awards, given keynote speeches all over the world, and serves on a number of national and international advisory boards. She is one of the founders of the LEHD program at the Census Bureau, which is the first large scale linked employer-employee dataset in the United States. A native of England who grew up in New Zealand, Julia has worked in a variety of countries, including Australia, Germany, Malaysia, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Sweden, and Tunisia.

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