CE Is Coming to Your Town!

Meeting with users of Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) data is important to the CE program. Whether you use tables or microdata, we value your comments, and the opportunity to answer questions or otherwise assist you in using the data.

This page shows conferences at which CE staff from the National Office in Washington, DC, will be presenting. You may be interested in attending them, or in arranging for a CE staff member to visit your organization to deliver a formal presentation or attend a one-on-one meeting. Please note that neither the CE program nor the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is affiliated with the sponsors of these events. In addition, there usually are registration fees associated with these events. However, none of these fees is paid to the CE program or the BLS.

If you would like to contact the CE staff about these or other matters, please use any of the methods below to contact the CE National Office. Inquiries should include your name, and phone number, fax number, mailing address, or e-mail address, along with a brief message.

This page will be updated periodically, as new information becomes available. Travel plans for CE staff can change subject to budget.

Disclaimer: The authors of some of these studies and presentations are not affiliated with BLS. This information is provided for your convenience and does not constitute an endorsement.
Participation at these conferences is subject to the status of the BLS budget.


Please see the archives for a list of Webinars.


There are no presentations currently planned for the Northeast.

Please see the archives for a list of events that took place in the Northeast.


Milwaukee, WI

American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI)

  • April 9-11, 2014

  • Website: www.consumerinterests.org
    Conference Program (Overview): www.consumerinterests.org/assets/docs/Conf2014/schedule-at-a-glance%20acci%202014.pdf

    Pre-Conference Workshop (April 9): "From the Elementary to the Expert: How to Obtain and Use Tabular and Microdata from the Consumer Expenditure Survey"
    • Presenters: Geoffrey Paulin, Adam Reichenberger, and Bill Passero (BLS)
    • Guest/Student Presenters: Nirupama Kulkarni (UC-Berkeley) and Rejeana Gvillo (Texas A&M University).
    • Overview: This pre-conference workshop will provide information about, and instruction in, the use of CE data, and their value to researchers and practitioners at all levels of career development and experience, including students (graduate and undergraduate).

      The presenters include experts from the CE program staff, and two Ph.D. candidates using the microdata in their dissertations. Each candidate uses data from a different component of the data: The quarterly Interview Survey and the two-week Diary Survey.

      At the workshop, attendees will learn about research in progress using these data. In addition, attendees will learn how to:

      • Download tabular and microdata for free;
      • Use the microdata files to conduct their own analyses;
      • Contact CE program staff for all needs ranging from simple questions to in-depth assistance.

      The structure of this session is hands on; there will be exercises using the microdata files while there are experts in the room to assist you. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask in advance specific questions or concerns that they would like to see addressed during the workshop.

    • Target Audience: This workshop is of particular interest to students, both graduate and undergraduate, pursuing dissertations, theses, or class projects; junior faculty interested in publishing; senior faculty interested in new research projects; and other analysts with interest in consumer spending patterns for use in policy, education, and other fields.
    General Session (April 11): “Do We Know What is Good for Us?: Results on Health, Debt Overhang, and Negative Savings from the Consumer Expenditure Survey.”

    • Overview: The CE program staff will also be presenting a session featuring research in progress, including an opportunity for attendees to comment on survey redesign to be implemented in the near future. Two Ph.D. candidates will also present results from their research in progress.
    • Presentations:
      • 1. Healthful Habits: Exploring Expenditure Patterns for Good and “Ill.”
        Adam Reichenberger (BLS).
        2. Food from Vending Machines: Information from the CE Diary Files.
        Rejeana Gvillo (Texas A&M).
        3. Recourse, Debt Overhang and the Real Economy: Results from U.S. Mortgage Markets.
        Nirupama Kulkarni (UC-Berkeley).
        4. How Can They Afford It? Investigating the Persistent, Positive Gap between Expenditures and Income for Low-Income Consumers Before, During and After the Recession of 2007-09.
        Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).
        5. Gemini Project to Redesign the CE.
        Bill Passero (BLS).


There are no presentations currently planned for the South.

Please see the archives for a list of events that took place in the South.


Las Vegas, NV

American Academy of Economic and Financial Experts (AAEFE)

  • March 20-21, 2014

  • Website: www.aaefe.org/en/annual-meeting
    Conference Program: Not yet posted.

    Presentation (Keynote Speech):
    Dr. Geoffrey Paulin, Senior Economist in the CE program, will share an overview of the CE data, how to obtain and use it (both tabular and microdata). He will also address specific examples and uses of data, i.e., how to estimate housing expenditures for a married homeowner with two children, current family income, etc.

Please see the archives for a list of events that took place in the West.

For more information on regional CE data, please contact your local BLS Regional Information Offices.

If you have questions, please contact the CE National Office Staff.

Information on past events is also available.


Last Modified Date: February 27, 2014