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Our Researchers

Our researchers produce innovations that keep our economic and social statistics efficient and relevant. Census researchers engage in challenging and rewarding work in a wide variety of fields. Researchers present their findings in working papers, publications, and reports, and in contributions at professional meetings.

Lucia Foster 
Chief of Center for Economic Studies, Chief Economist 
Center for Economic Studies 

Contact Information

  • 301-763-6444  
  • lucia.s.foster@census.gov  

Fields of Interest

  • Productivity  
  • Job and employment flows  
  • Innovation and technological change  
  • Management practices  


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, 1998  
  • M.A., Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, 1993  
  • B.A., Economics, Georgetown University, 1983  

Professional Experience

  • Chief of Center for Economic Studies, Chief Economist, Census Bureau, CES, 2011-Present  
  • Director of Research, Census Bureau, CES, 2008-2011  
  • Senior Economist, Census Bureau, CES, 2005-2008  
  • Economist, Census Bureau, CES, 1998-2005  
  • Research Assistant, Census Bureau, CES, 1997-1998  
  • Research Assistant, University of Maryland, 1993-1997  
  • Assistant Economist, Federal Reserve Board, 1986-1990  
  • Research Assistant, Congressional Budget Office, 1983-1986  

Selected Publications

Approved on: September 17, 2019
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