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Consumer Expenditure Surveys

2021 Consumption Symposium: Program Agenda, September 22-23, 2021

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

(All times EDT)

9:00-9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
  9:00-9:07 a.m.Opening Remarks & Meeting Agenda Overview ‐ Thesia I. Garner (Bureau of Labor Statistics) and Adam Safir (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  9:07-9:15 a.m.Welcome Remarks ‐ Commissioner William Beach (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
9:15-10:45 a.m. Panel: Concepts, Challenges, International Perspective
Session leader: Thesia I. Garner (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Concepts and Practical Issues ‐ Luigi Pistaferri (Stanford University)
Home Production ‐ Nancy Folbre (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
International Perspective ‐ Paul Schreyer (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)
  10:45-10:55 a.m.Discussion, Q&A
10:55-11:05 a.m. Break
11:05-12:25 p.m. Applications of Traditional and Non-traditional Approaches
Session leader: Thomas Crossley (European University Institute)
Measuring Consumption and Consumption Inequality using Household Surveys ‐ Jonathan Fisher (Stanford University - presenter) and David Johnson (University of Michigan)
Issues in the Construction of an Expanded Measure of Consumption: Lessons from LIMEW ‐ Ajit Zacharias (Levy Economics Institute of Bard College - presenter) and Fernando Rios-Avila (Levy Economics Institute of Bard College - presenter)
Diamonds in the Rough? Repurposing Multi-Topic Surveys to Estimate Individual-level Consumption Poverty ‐ Theophiline Bose-Duker (World Bank), Isis Gaddis (World Bank), Talip Kilic (presenter - World Bank), Valérie Lechene (University College London and Institute for Fiscal Studies), and Krishna Pendakur (Simon Fraser University - presenter)
A Birdseye View of Well-being: Exploring a Multidimensional Measure for the United Kingdom ‐ Sabina Alkire (University of Oxford - presenter) and Fanni Kovesdi (University of Oxford - presenter)
  12:25-12:35 p.m.Discussion, Q&A
12:35-12:40 p.m. Break
12:40-1:15 p.m. Durables
Session leader: Robert Cage (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Imputing Service Flows from Durables ‐ Jim Sullivan (University of Notre Dame- presenter), Jeehoon Han (Zhejiang University), and Bruce Meyer (University of Chicago)
A Consumption Measure for Motor Vehicles ‐ Caleb Cho (Bureau of Labor Statistics - presenter) and Dominic Smith (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  1:15-1:25 p.m.Discussion, Q&A
1:25-1:30 p.m. Wrap-up and Review Program for Thursday

Thursday, September 23, 2021

9:00-9:05 a.m. Welcome and Plan for the Day
9:05-10:05 a.m. In-Kind Benefits
Session leader: Laura Wheaton (Urban Institute)
How CBO Adjusts for Underreporting of Means-Tested Transfers in its Distributional Analyses ‐ Bilal Habib (Congressional Budget Office)
Imputing In-Kind Benefits in Survey Data ‐ Nikolas Mittag (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute, Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences)
Fixing Errors in a SNAP: Addressing SNAP Under-reporting to Evaluate Poverty ‐ Jonathan Rothbaum (U.S. Census Bureau – presenter), Kathryn Shantz (Urban Institute), and Liana Fox (U.S. Census Bureau)
  10:05-10:15 a.m.Discussion, Q&A
10:15-10:55 a.m. Home Production
Session leader: Erica Groshen (Cornell University)
What Can Time Use Data Tell Us about Home Production? ‐ Harley Frazis (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Incorporating Home Production in a Measure of Consumption ‐ Jim Sullivan (University of Notre Dame), Jeehoon Han (Zhejiang University - presenter), and Bruce Meyer (University of Chicago)
10:55-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00-11:40 a.m. Home Production (continued)
Session leader: Erica Groshen (Cornell University)
Measurement of Household Production and the BEA Satellite Account ‐ Benjamin Bridgman (Bureau of Economic Analysis)
Expanding Consumption Measurement ‐ Leonard Nakamura (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia - presenter), Diane Coyle (Cambridge University), and Charles Hulten (University of Maryland)
  11:40-11:50 a.m.Discussion, Q&A
11:50-12:35 p.m. Health Insurance
Session leader: Bobbi Wolfe (University of Wisconsin)
Health Insurance ‐ Kevin Corinth (University of Chicago)
Incorporating Health Insurance into Consumption (Poverty) Measurement ‐ Dahlia Remler (City University of New York)
  12:35-12:45 p.m.Discussion, Q&A
12:45-1:30 p.m. Reflections and Next Steps
David Johnson (University of Michigan)
Bruce Meyer (University of Chicago)
Thesia I. Garner (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
1:30 p.m. Consumption Symposium Ends


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Last Modified Date: September 22, 2021