CE Visited Your Town: Past Events

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, have presented. Please note that neither the CE program nor the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is affiliated with the sponsors of these events.

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, phone number, fax number, mailing address, or e-mail address, along with a brief message. If you have questions or want more information on regional CE data, please contact your local BLS Regional Information Office.

This page will be updated periodically. Meanwhile, please take a look at upcoming events.

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.

Webinar

Association of Public Data Users (APDU)

October 30, 2013

Website: http://apdu.org/

Presentation:

  • Recall, Records, and Smartphones, Oh My! Bringing the Consumer Expenditure Survey into the 21st Century.
    Laura Paszkiewicz and Adam Safir (BLS).

Northeast

Washington, DC

Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology Conference (FCSM)

November 5, 2013

Website: http://www.fcsm.gov/

Registration: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1257298

Presentations:

  • The Consumer Expenditure Survey's New Design and Implementation Plans.
    Laura Paszkiewicz, Adam Safir, Jennifer Edgar, Brett McBride (BLS) and Dawn Nelson (Bureau of the Census).

Washington, DC

Housing Statistics Users Group (HSUG)

November 1, 2013

Registration: open to the public

Presentations:

  • Overview of The Consumer Expenditure Survey Redesign incl. Impact on Housing Expenditure Data.
    Steve Henderson and Bill Passero (BLS).

Providence, RI

Rhode Island College (RIC) Visit: 2013 Fall Workshop by BLS

  • September 25, 2013
    Rhode Island College campus, Alger Hall, Room 110

    Websites: http://www.ric.edu/economicsFinance/, https://www.ric.edu/som/, and https://www.ric.edu/som/pdf/BLSFlyer09-25-13.pdf
    Registration: There was no fee to attend this event. Seating was not reserved, and was subject to capacity of the room.

    Session titles:
    Session 1: "U.S. Labor Market: National and Regional Perspectives." (9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.)
    • An Overview of the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Programs and Data.
      Mark Maggi (New England BLS Information Office in Boston).
    • Introduction to the Consumer Expenditure Survey: Spending Patterns for U.S., Northeastern, and Boston
      Consumers in Recession and Recovery (2008-2012).

      Geoffrey Paulin (Consumer Expenditure Survey Program).
    • U.S. and New England Economic and (Un)Employment Trends.
      Mark Maggi (New England BLS Information Office in Boston).
    Session 2: "Searching for Your Job Using the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)." (12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.)
    Mark Maggi (New England BLS Information Office in Boston).
    • Introduction to the Employment Projections (EP) Program.
    • The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH): A Career Guidance Resource.
    • Employment Projections: The Outlook through 2020.

    Session 3: "Consumer Expenditure Survey Data for Your Own Research." (3:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.)
    • Presenter: Geoffrey Paulin (Consumer Expenditure Survey Program).
    • Overview:The session included an introduction to the CE, including how the tabular and microdata are collected and published, how they can be accessed online, how they are used in practice, and journals that have published research using these data (e.g., Monthly Labor Review). Attendees learned about the microdata: file structure and content, sampling of variables available, and contact information for CE program experts who can answer questions about accessing and using these files.
    • Target Audience: This workshop was 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.

NOTE: The first two sessions featured a speaker from the BLS New England Information Offices. This speaker can provide additional information on how to obtain local area statistics from the BLS. To contact a staff member from the New England Information Offices, please see the links at the bottom of this page.

New York, NY

Eastern Economic Association (EEA)

  • May 9-11, 2013
    Website: http://www.ramapo.edu/eea/
    Conference Program: http://www.ramapo.edu/eea/2013/docs/EEA2013_prelim_program.pdf
    Session title: "Employment, Income, Consumption, and Inequality: Local, National, and Global Perspectives using Data from Two U.S. Agencies (Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau)"

    Presentations:
      • Employment in New York City: Comparing Measurements from the Current
        Population Survey (CPS) and Current Employment Survey (CES).

        Martin Kohli and Cynthia Gillham (New York-New Jersey BLS Information Office in New York City).
      • Pay Premiums among Major Industry Groups in New York City.
        Lisa Boily (New York-New Jersey BLS Information Office in New York City).
      • The Demography of Inequality for Individuals and Families: Income and Consumption.
        Jonathan Fisher (U.S. Census Bureau, NY Office); co-authored with David Johnson (U.S. Census Bureau) and Timothy Smeeding (University of Wisconsin).
      • How Can They Afford it?: Investigating How Expenditures Persistently Exceed Income for Low-Income Consumers Before, During, and After the 2007-09 Recession.
        Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).
      • How Do U.S. Consumer Expenditures Compare with Those of Other Countries?
        Evidence from the Wake of the Recent Global Recession (2009 and 2011).

        Brett Creech (BLS).

    NOTE: This session featured speakers from the BLS New York Information Offices. These speakers can provide additional information on how to obtain local area statistics from the BLS. To contact a staff member from the New York Information Offices, please see the links at the bottom of this page.

Providence, RI

International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE)

  • August 1-4, 2012
    Website: http://www.chrie.org
    Conference Program: http://www.chrie.org/data/files/gallery/ContentGallery/2012_Conference_Schedule.pdf
    Session titles: "Introducing the Consumer Expenditure Survey: A Large, Publicly Available Data Set for Analyzing Travel, Restaurant, and Recreation Expenditures"; "How to Analyze Data from Consumer Expenditure Survey: A Large, Publicly Available Data Set for Analyzing Travel, Restaurant, and Recreation Expenditures." Presented by Geoffrey Paulin.

    Poster presentation: Investigating the Impacts of Economic Downturn on Travel Expenditure.
    Li-Chun Lin (Montclair State University) and Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).

Boston, MA

Eastern Economic Association (EEA)

  • March 9-11, 2012
    Website: http://www.ramapo.edu/eea/
    Conference Program: http://www.ramapo.edu/eea/2012/docs/Program-2012-011912.pdf
    Session titles: "Please Ask What Your Country Can Do for You: the Bureau of Labor Statistics at Your Service"; "Improving Income Tax Data in the Consumer Expenditure Survey: the Current Problem, the Proposed Solution, and Call for Comments"
    Session 1:
    • An Overview of the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Finding the Data You Need from Your Local EA&I Staff.
      Tim Consedine (New England BLS Information Office in Boston).
    • High Tech Industries in Massachusetts: Employment and Wage Trends During the 2001-2009 Period.
      Cynthia Gillham (New York-New Jersey BLS Information Office in New York City).
    • BLS Green Jobs Initiative: BLS Collection Methodology.
      Mark Maggi (New England BLS Information Office in Boston).
    • Introduction to the Consumer Expenditure Survey, with Examples using Travel Data.
      Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).
    Session 2: Presented by Laura Paszkiewicz and Geoffrey Paulin (BLS). Discussant: Daniel Feenberg (National Bureau of Economic Research).

NOTE: The first session featured speakers from the BLS New England and New York Information Offices. These speakers can provide additional information on how to obtain local area statistics from the BLS. To contact a staff member from either the New England or New York Information Offices, please see the links at the bottom of this page.

Midwest:

Madison, WI

Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA)/IMPLAN National User’s Conference

  • June 3-5, 2014

  • Website: www.mcrsa.org
    Conference Program (Overview): http://www.mcrsa.org/Assets/Documents/2014%20Preliminary%20Conference%20Program.pdf

    Plenary Session (June 4): "Introducing the Consumer Expenditure Survey: A Tool for Regional, Urban, and Other Economic Analyses"
    • Presenters: Geoffrey Paulin, Adam Reichenberger, William Hawk (CE program); and Cassandra Wirth (Midwest BLS Information Office in Chicago).
    • Overview: In this plenary session, attendees learned the basics of the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) data: what information is available; how to access it; and how it has been used in previous analyses. As part of this, examples from research comparing expenditures by consumers of interest (urban and rural; homeowners and renters; and those in different Census regions) were presented. Attendees were also informed about structure of the microdata files, which the CE program provides for download free of charge (www.bls.gov/cex/pumdhome.htm), and the proper uses of State identifiers in regression or other analysis, which are included in the microdata files. In addition, attendees learned from a representative of the Midwest Information Office in Chicago, IL, about other geographic (regional, urban, State, and local) data produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (e.g., employment, unemployment, and the Consumer Price Index).
    • Target Audience: This session was 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.
    • Presentations:
      • 1. The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE): Mission, Survey Methods, and Data Provided for Public Use.
        Geoffrey Paulin (CE Program).
        2. Comparing 25 years of Consumer Expenditures by Homeowners and Renters: An Example of Research Using Tabular Data.
        Adam Reichenberger (CE Program).
        3. Expenditures of Urban and Rural Households in 2011: An Example of Research Using CE Microdata.
        William Hawk (CE Program).
        4. How Changes in Prices, Population, and Other Factors Affect Household Spending Patterns: A Comparison of Four Census Regions Using Data from the CE and the Consumer Price Index.
        Cassandra Wirth (Midwest BLS Information Office in Chicago).

    NOTE: This session featured a speaker from the Midwest BLS Information Office in Chicago. The speaker can provide additional information on how to obtain local area statistics from the BLS. To contact a staff member from the Midwest BLS Information Office, please see the links at the bottom of this page.

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"
    (www.consumerinterests.org/blspreconference)
    • Presenters: Geoffrey Paulin and Adam Reichenberger (BLS)
    • Overview: This pre-conference workshop provided 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 are experts from the CE program staff who described the differences between, and uses of, the two components of the CE: The quarterly Interview Survey and the two-week Diary Survey.

      At the workshop, attendees learned about research in progress using these data. In addition, attendees learned 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 was hands on; there were exercises using the microdata files while there were experts in the room to assist. Attendees also had the opportunity to ask in advance specific questions or concerns that they would like to see addressed during the workshop.

    • Target Audience: This workshop was 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 also presented a session featuring research in progress, including an opportunity for attendees to comment on survey redesign to be implemented in the near future. Research in progress by two Ph.D. candidates who addressed the 2013 CE Microdata Users’ Workshop was also presented on their behalf.
    • Presentations:
      • 1. Recourse, Debt Overhang and the Real Economy: Results from U.S. Mortgage Markets.
        Nirupama Kulkarni (UC-Berkeley); presented by Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).
        2. Healthful Habits: Exploring Expenditure Patterns for Good and “Ill.”
        Adam Reichenberger (BLS).
        3. Food from Vending Machines: Information from the CE Diary Files.
        Rejeana Gvillo (Texas A&M); presented by Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).
        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).

South:

Atlanta, GA

Southern Economic Association (SEA)

  • November 22-24, 2014
    Website: http://www.southernecon.org
    Conference Program: http://www.etnpconferences.net/sea/sea2014/User/Program.php
    Presidential Session title: "From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Research on International Trade, Regional Shifts in Occupations, and National Patterns of Consumer Expenditures and Income"

    Presentations:
      • U.S. Maritime Trade as a Result of Increasing Vessel Sizes and the Projected Expansion of the Panama Canal.
        Timothy Ewing (Southeast BLS Information Office in Atlanta).
      • Healthful Habits: Exploring Expenditure Patterns for Good and “Ill”.
        Adam Reichenberger (CE program).
      • A Comparison of CE and PSID Expenditure Data: 1999-2011.
        Brett Creech (CE program).
      • How Can They Afford It? Exploring and Explaining How Expenditures Persistently Exceed Income for Low-Income Consumers.
        Geoffrey Paulin (CE Program).

    NOTE: This session featured a speaker from the BLS Southeast Information Office. This speaker provided additional information on how to obtain local area statistics from the BLS. To contact a staff member from the Southeast Information Office, please see the links at the bottom of this page.

Savannah, GA

Family Economics and Resource Management Association (FERMA)

  • January 27-29, 2014
    Website: http://www.fermascholar.org
    Conference Program: http://www.fermascholar.org/agenda
    Session title: "Learning By Example: Research from the Consumer Expenditure Survey for Low-Income Consumers; ‘Emerging’ Demographics; and Foods Purchased from Vending Machines"

    Format:
    Session provided an overview of the Consumer Expenditure Survey data, how to obtain it, and examples of current research using these data.
    Presentation:
    Exploring the Persisting Positive Gap Between Expenditures and Income For Low-Income Consumers: Before, During, and After the Recession of 2007-09.
    Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).

    The presenter also described results from work in progress by other researchers from within and outside the Consumer Expenditure Survey program.

New Orleans, LA

Southwestern Social Sciences Association (SSSA), 93rd Annual Meeting

  • March 27-30, 2013
    Website: http://www.sssaonline.org
    Conference Program: http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/sssa/sssa13/
    Presentations:
    • Exploring the Persisting Positive Gap Between Expenditures and Income For Low-Income Consumers:
      Before, During, and After the Recession of 2007-09

      Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).
    • Expenditures of Urban and Rural Households, 2011.
      William Hawk (BLS).
    Workshop: “Analyzing Recent Patterns in Household Spending: Examples from, and Instruction in Using, Data from the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey.”
    • Presenters: Geoffrey Paulin and William Hawk (BLS).
    • Overview: This session started with summaries of current research using these data, after which attendees were instructed in how to find and use published tables and microdata from which the research presented was produced.
    • Target Audience: The session was of particular interest to students, both graduate and undergraduate, pursuing dissertations, theses, or class projects; junior faculty interested in publishing; and senior faculty interested in new research projects.
    • Topics Presented:

    • 1. Expenditures Before, During, and After the Recent Recession
      2. Exploring How Expenditures Persistently Exceed Income on Average for Low-Income Consumers
      3. Expenditures of Urban and Rural Households
      4. Inter-Ethnic Variation in Food Expenditure Patterns for Asian Consumers in the U.S.

Orlando, FL

American Association for Public Opinion Research 67th Annual Conference

  • May 17-20, 2012
    Website: http://www.aapor.org
    Conference Program: http://www.aapor.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=AAPOR_Annual_Conference&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=4986
    Presentation topics:
    • Measurement Errors in Self-Reports of Consumer Expenditures: Are Errors Attributable to Respondents or Expenditure Types?
      Charles Q. Strohm (RTI), Emily Geisen (RTI), Ashley Richards (RTI), Brandon Kopp (BLS).
    • Would You Like a Receipt With That? Availability of Respondent Records When Collecting Expenditure Information.
      Amy Hendershott (RTI), Emily Geisen (RTI), Charles Q. Strohm (RTI), Jennifer Edgar (BLS), Chris Stringer (Census).
    • Examining the relationship between the accuracy of self-reported data and the availability of respondent financial records.
      Emily Geisen (RTI), Charles Q. Strohm (RTI), Chris Stringer (Census), Brandon Kopp (BLS).
    • Ask more, get more? Comparing responses to detailed and global questions.
      Jennifer Edgar (BLS).
    • Exploring the Effects of a Shorter Interview on Data Quality, Nonresponse, and Respondent Burden.
      Scott S. Fricker, Brett J. Creech, Jeanette Davis, Jeffrey M. Gonzalez, Lucilla L. Tan, Nhien T. To (BLS).

Memphis, TN

American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI)

  • April 11-13, 2012
    Website: http://www.consumerinterests.org
    Conference Program: http://www.consumerinterests.org/pdffiles/Program_ACCI_Conference_2012.pdf
    Session title: "This From Our (Microdata) Files: Research and Instruction Using the Consumer Expenditure Survey, from Novice, Intermediate, and Expert Users"
    Presentations:
    • Report on Work by First-Time Users of the Consumer Expenditure Survey Microdata.
      Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).
    • Expenditures for Higher Education by Race.
      Tian Luo (Western BLS Information Office in San Francisco).
    • Comparison of Post-Imputation Income Estimates from the Consumer Expenditure Survey and Current Population Survey.
      Bill Passero (BLS).
    • Imputing Income Taxes in the Consumer Expenditure Survey: The Problem, Proposed Solution, and Call for Review and Comment.
      Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).

    NOTE: This session provided examples using current research from the microdata files, as well as instruction in how to use them. Topics covered included expenditures on higher education by race; housing expenditures during the recent bubble; comparing CE and other data sources; and improving income tax data in CE publications and microdata. The session included a speaker from the BLS Western Information Office in San Francisco. This speaker can provide additional information on how to obtain local area statistics from the BLS. To contact a member of the BLS Western Information Office staff, please see the links at the bottom of this page.

Charlotte, NC

Eastern Family Economics and Resource Management Association (EFERMA)

  • February 29-March 2, 2012
    Website: www.eferma.org
    Conference Program: http://mrupured.myweb.uga.edu/info.html
    Session title: "Understanding Microdata from the Consumer Expenditure Survey: Overview and Applied Examples Using Current Research." Presented by Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).

West:

San Diego, CA

International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE)

Las Vegas, NV

American Academy of Economic and Financial Experts (AAEFE)

  • March 20-21, 2014

  • Website: www.aaefe.org/en/annual-meeting
    Conference Program: Directly e-mailed to conference participants.

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

Seattle, WA

Western Economic Association International (WEAI)

  • June 28-July 2, 2013
    Website: http://www.weai.org
    Conference Program: http://www.weai.org/Content/Files/Prelim-Schedule-5-6-13.pdf
    Workshop: “Analyzing Recent Spending Patterns of U.S. Households: Examples from, and Instruction in Using, Data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey”
    • Presenters: Geoffrey Paulin and Adam Reichenberger (BLS).
    • Overview: This session started with summaries of current research using these data, after which attendees were instructed in how to find and use published tables and microdata from which the research presented was produced.
    • Target Audience: The session was of particular interest to students, both graduate and undergraduate, pursuing dissertations, theses, or class projects; junior faculty interested in publishing; and senior faculty interested in new research projects.
    • Topics Presented:

    • 1. Expenditures Before, During, and After the Recent Recession
      2. Exploring How Expenditures Persistently Exceed Income on Average for Low-Income Consumers
      3. Housing Expenditures in Recession and Recovery: A History
      4. Inter-Ethnic Variation in Food Expenditure Patterns for Asian Consumers in the U.S.

Spokane, WA

Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference (PNREC)

Portland, OR

American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI)

  • April 10-12, 2013
    Website: http://www.consumerinterests.org
    Conference Program: http://www.consumerinterests.org/2013-conference/program.html
    Workshop: "Using the Consumer Expenditure Survey for Consumer Research"
    • Presenters: Geoffrey Paulin and Adam Reichenberger (BLS).
    • Overview: The session started with an introduction to the CE, including how the tabular and microdata are collected and published, how they can be accessed online, how they are used in practice, and journals that have published research using these data (e.g., Monthly Labor Review). Presenters described current research projects that use these data. In the final segments, attendees learned about the microdata: file structure and content, sampling of variables available, and contact information for CE program experts who can answer questions about accessing and using these files. They also had the opportunity to participate in brief exercises using the microdata.
    • Target Audience: This workshop was 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.
    • Topics Presented:

    • 1. How Consumers Changed Expenditures during the 2007-2009 Recession
      2. Housing Expenditures in Recession and Recovery: A Historical Perspective
      3. Exploring How Expenditures Persistently Exceed Income on Average for Low-Income Consumers
      4. Inter-Ethnic Variation in Food Expenditure Patterns for Asian Consumers in the U.S.

San Diego, CA

Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM)

  • July 28-August 2, 2012
    Website: http://www.amstat.org
    Conference Program: http://www.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2012/program.cfm
    Presentation topics:
    • An exploration of the application of PLS path modeling approach to creating a summary index of respondent burden.
      Scott Fricker, Craig Kreisler, and Lucilla Tan (BLS).
    • Redesign of the Consumer Expenditure Survey: Recommendations from the National Research Council.
      Robert Santos (UI), Carol House (CNSTAT), Don Dillman (WSU), Andy Peytchev (RTI), Adam Safir (BLS).
    • Methods for Responsive Split Questionnaire Panel Surveys.
      Jeffrey M. Gonzalez (BLS).

San Francisco, CA

Western Economic Association International (WEAI)

NOTE: One of the speakers represented the BLS Western Information Office in San Francisco. This speaker can provide additional information on how to obtain local area statistics from the BLS. To contact a member of the BLS Western Information Office staff, please see the links at the bottom of this page.

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.

 

Last Modified Date: December 3, 2014