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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 IssuesLuigi Pistaferri (Stanford University)
Home ProductionNancy Folbre (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
International PerspectivePaul 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 SurveysJonathan Fisher (Stanford University - presenter) and David Johnson (University of Michigan)
Issues in the Construction of an Expanded Measure of Consumption: Lessons from LIMEWAjit 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 PovertyTheophiline 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 KingdomSabina 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 DurablesJim Sullivan (University of Notre Dame- presenter), Jeehoon Han (Zhejiang University), and Bruce Meyer (University of Chicago)
A Consumption Measure for Motor VehiclesCaleb 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 AnalysesBilal Habib (Congressional Budget Office)
Imputing In-Kind Benefits in Survey DataNikolas 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 PovertyJonathan 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 ConsumptionJim 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 AccountBenjamin Bridgman (Bureau of Economic Analysis)
Expanding Consumption MeasurementLeonard 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 InsuranceKevin Corinth (University of Chicago)
Incorporating Health Insurance into Consumption (Poverty) MeasurementDahlia 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