David A. Lane

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David A. Lane (born 1945) is an American economist, who developed the theory of artifact innovation.[1] At the Santa Fe Institute he has been defining the notion of economic complexity and the Santa Fe approach. He is professor of economics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and research fellow at the European Centre for Living Technology.[2]

In 1987 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[3]


Lane is co-author of the book Foresight, Complexity and Strategy.[4]

Among his most cited papers is "Artificial worlds and economics, part II", published in the Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Volume 3, Number 3 / September, 1993 DOI 10.1007/BF01200867, and cited by 218 other works listed in Google Scholar.[5]


  1. ^ Magda Fontana. The Santa Fe Perspective on Economics: emerging patterns in the science of complexity. Centro di Studi sulla Storia e i Metodi dell’Economia Politica "Claudio Napoleoni" (CESMEP).[not in citation given]
  2. ^ ECLT People: David A. Lane
  3. ^ View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-11-01.
  4. ^ Lane, David; Maxfield, Robert (1995). Foresight, Complexity and Strategy. CiteSeerX
  5. ^ https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cites=8338308323083247106&hl=en&as_sdt=2000[not in citation given]
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