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Julia Lane is a senior managing economist at the American Institutes for Research (AIR); a professor of economics, BETA University of Strasbourg CNRS, Chercheur, Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris; and professor, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research, University of Melbourne. She was formerly the director of the National Science Foundation's Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program; a senior vice president at NORC at the University of Chicago; and a senior research fellow at the US Census Bureau. Lane is the co-founder of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamic (LEHD) partnership with the Census Bureau. The LEHD program gathers high quality information from states and that information is used to improve the economic and demographic data programs across the Census Bureau. Lane has authored over 65 refereed articles and edited or authored seven books. She has been working with a number of national governments to document the results of their science investments. Her work has been featured in Science and Nature. Lane has testified on the topic to both the US Congress and the European Parliament. She is a coeditor, with the late Jack Marburger, of the Handbook of Science Policy.