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Julia Payne
Research Associate
Income and Benefits Policy Center
Evidence-based research is the best way to make effective changes in policy.

Julia Payne is a research associate in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her research focuses on workforce development strategies and policies to support low-income mothers and student-parents. Her work supports qualitative and quantitative research on topics including youth career pathways, apprenticeship, equity in career and technical education, equity in economic recovery, and opportunities to better support low-income families. She holds a master’s in public policy from the University of Virginia.

Research Areas
Economic mobility and inequality
Social safety net
Beyond high school: education and training
Economic well-being
Inclusive recovery
Workforce development
Youth employment and training
Racial equity in education
Families with low incomes
Postsecondary education and training
Student parents