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.


There are no presentations currently planned for the Midwest.

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


Clearwater Beach, FL

May 16-20, 2018.

Clarity Services, Inc. May 16, 2018

Presentation: "After Graduation: How Student Loan Debt Relates to Income, Expenditures, Asset Accumulation, and Other Debt" by Geoffrey Paulin (BLS)

The presentation will be followed by Q&A for attending researchers, including discussion on how to obtain and use CE data.

American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI) May 17-20, 2018

Website: www.consumerinterests.org

Conference Program (Overview): https://acciconference2018.sched.com/

Symposium (May 17): Symposium A (3:30pm-5:00pm): Using Consumer Expenditure Surveys Data in the Classroom: Teacher (Graduate and Undergraduate) and Student Perspectives

Overview: Round table discussion in which current and former professors and students describe their experiences using CE data in classroom projects (including for undergraduates), dissertations/theses, etc. The event will include "two-way" Q&A: That is, the moderator will both answer and ask questions regarding the CE data, experiences of audience members using them, etc.

Target Audience: This symposium is of interest to: students, both graduate and undergraduate, who are now, or may in the future be, pursuing dissertations, theses, or class projects that use CE data; professors who do or who may sponsor such research or use the data to explain concepts, analytical approaches, etc.; and anyone interested in sharing their experiences using the data in these ways, or suggesting methods for facilitating their use in these areas.

Moderator: Geoffrey Paulin (BLS)

Concurrent Session (May 19): Session G3 (1:00pm - 2:30pm): Data Focus: SIPP Probability-based Panels and CEX


  • G3a-"A Refined Measure of Emergency Saving Adequacy in the SCF: Using a Food Demand Function to Estimate the Total Expenditures from the CE" Kyoung Tae (KT) Kim (presenter), Hua Zan
  • G3b-"Expenditures with Policy Implications: Results from the Consumer Expenditure Surveys on Housing, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Gambling" Geoffrey Paulin (BLS, presenter), Arcenis Rojas (BLS), Taylor Wilson (BLS)
  • G3c-"The Collection of Household Finance Data using Probability-based Panels" Angela Fontes (presenter), Mark Lush, Leanna Moron, Meimeizi Zhu
  • Overview: Organized by the ACCI, this session will feature two presentations using CE data, one from researchers not affiliated with the BLS, and the other from a CE staff member.

    In the first presentation of the session, non-BLS researchers (Kim and Zan) use CE data to impute total expenditures for participants in the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). The purpose of the research is to estimate the prevalence of adequate emergency savings. While the SCF includes detailed information about assets, liabilities, and income, it does not include detailed information about expenditures, a necessary component of the "savings" computation.

    In the second presentation of the session, a senior economist in the CE program (Paulin) presents work in progress using tabular data (how different areas of the U.S. experienced the “housing bubble” of the mid-2000s) and microdata (comparing expenditure patterns for Millennials and non-Millennials regarding alcohol, tobacco, gambling, fitness, and other items). He will also describe the availability of experimental CE data allowing researchers to produce estimates weighted to reflect selected States (New Jersey and California at present).

    For full abstracts of these presentations, see the ACCI website (https://acciconference2018.sched.com/event/E5Zo/g3a-a-refined-measure-of-emergency-saving-adequacy-in-the-scf-using-a-food-demand-function-to-estimate-the-total-expenditures-from-the-ce) for the first presentation; and https://acciconference2018.sched.com/event/E5Zp/g3b-expenditures-with-policy-implications-results-from-the-consumer-expenditure-surveys-on-housing-alcohol-tobacco-and-gambling for the second presentation).

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


    Denver, CO

    May 16 - 19, 2018

    Event: American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)

    Website: https://www.aapor.org/Conference-Events/Annual-Meeting.aspx

    Presentation: "The Consumer Expenditure Surveys Program: Managing breaks in Comparability of Data Across Time" by Adam Safir, Laura Erhard, and Steven Henderson. Presenter Henderson. Wednesday May 16, 1:30pm.

    Presentation: "How Do Different Cues Affect Proxy Reporting of Transit Use?" by Brett McBride. Friday May 18, 10 AM.

    Presentation: "Exploring monetary incentives and respondent burden in the Consumer Expenditure Interview Survey" by Yezzi Angi Lee, Friday May 18, 10 AM.

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    July 28 - August 2, 2018

    Event: Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM)

    Website: http://ww2.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2018/

    Conference program: http://ww2.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2018/onlineprogram

    Presentation: "Redesigning Federal Surveys" by Ian Elkin, Tuesday July 31, 2pm.

    Presentation: "Novel Uses of Text Analysis in Government Agencies" by Clayton Knappenberger, Wednesday August 1, 8:30 AM.

    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: May 1, 2018