Julia LaneIndustry studies researcher Julia Lane, Senior Managing Economist and Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research, has recently been selected to receive the 2014 Julius Shiskin Memorial Award for Economic Statistics. The award recognizes unusually original and important contributions in the development of economic statistics or in the use of statistics in interpreting the economy.

Dr. Lane is recognized for her contributions to the development of a Census Bureau program that has significantly advanced research on employment dynamics.  She initiated what is now known as the Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics (LEHD) program, the first large-scale linked employer-employee dataset in the United States.  This dataset filled a major data gap by providing researchers with matched employee-employer data containing information for most states on income and worker mobility and on the entry and exit of firms.

In addition, the LEHD team of Lane and her colleagues on the project—John Abowd (Cornell University) and John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland)—has received the 2014 Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics from the American Statistical Association (ASA).

Along with Haltiwanger and industry studies colleague Clair Brown, Lane co-authored “Economic Turbulence: Is a Volatile Economy Good for America?” (University of Chicago Press, 2006). In this book the authors used the LEHD database to provide the first comprehensive approach to describing the process of economic change—workers changing jobs and firms expanding and starting up, contracting and shutting down—across five industries.  Since then the LEHD has been used by many researchers to study a broad range of research questions.

Dr. Lane will be honored at events hosted by the three sponsors of the Shiskin award: the Washington Statistical Society, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Business and Economics Section of the ASA.   A ceremony for the Roger Herriot Award in honor of Lane, Abowd, and Haltiwanger will be held at the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings.