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2020 Consumer Expenditure Surveys (CE) Microdata Users' Workshop

Thank You for a Highly Successful 2020 Workshop!

The 2020 Consumer Expenditure Surveys Microdata Users' Workshop (July 22-24) has concluded. As the first ever workshop held entirely (or even partially) online, this experience was new to attendees and planners alike. Based on comments from attendees and observations of planners, this workshop was well received and highly successful. The planners wish to thank our presenters (see below) for a series of excellent presentations. Of course, there would be no workshop without attendees, and we appreciate their investment of time and effort to spend up to three days with us at the "virtual" BLS. As usual, our attendees represented a wide range of specialties and occupations. From academia, they included students—from undergraduate to Ph.D. candidates—and professors. They also represented various federal agencies, and private enterprises. Furthermore, they joined from all over the world, with registrants on at least four continents.

Request for Comments

The workshop concluded with a feedback session to obtain comments from attendees to help us maintain and improve quality of future workshops. If you attended and provided comments, thank you. However, perhaps you did not have an opportunity to comment on a specific topic; you have had additional thoughts after the workshop; or you would like to follow up on a topic discussed during the session. If so, we invite you to participate by providing your comments at any time by email.

Looking Ahead

Next workshop. The sixteenth annual workshop will be held July 21-23, 2021. To those who have never attended a workshop, but are interested in doing so, the planners look forward to answering any questions you may have. If you have already attended one, we hope you will join us again. The format varies from year to year as we incorporate recommendations from attendees, so that your experience at the next workshop will differ from that of the workshop(s) you previously attended. Regardless, the workshop is always free of charge to participants; that is, there is never a registration fee for the workshop.

Call for Presenters. Note that it is not too early to consider presenting your work at the 2021 event. Each year, we seek presentations giving practical examples of how the CE microdata can be used in research. Work from first-time and novice users is as welcome as work from experienced users. We only ask that your emphasis be on how the data were used, questions or problems encountered, and similar discussion (i.e., application of the data, rather than hypotheses tested or statistical methods used). If you would like to consider presenting, please read the call for presenters for details.

Presenters at the 2020 Consumer Expenditure Surveys Workshop

Research Presenters

(in order of presentation)

    • Aaron Williams,F Data Scientist, Income and Benefits Policy Center: Lifetime Income & Costs of the LI50+.
    • Casey Goldvale,A Policy Analyst, and Vincent Palacios,F,A Senior Policy Analyst, Georgetown Center on Poverty & Inequality: Costs Beyond Tuition: Estimating older college students' basic needs with Consumer Expenditure Survey (PUMD).
    • Ziyao Tian,F Ph.D. Candidate (Sociology), Princeton University: How Expensive Is the Battle of Tiger Mothers? Understanding Race and Class behind the Educational Expenditure of Asian Americans.
    • Reginald Noel, Research Economist/Data Scientist, and Whitney Hewitt Noel, Public Health Researcher/Health Equity Advocate, Noel Collective: Gender Economics, Race, and Intersectionality: Using CE Microdata to determine inequalities among adult women and men in the U.S. by race and ethnicity, 2016 through 2018 combined.
    • Constantin Burgi, Ph.D., Professor (Economics), St. Mary's College of Maryland: Predicting consumer expenditure based on the variables available in the Consumer Expectation Survey of the NY Fed.
    • Ensieh Shojaeddini,F,A Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellow at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Consumer Demand Estimation for Heterogeneous U.S. Households.
    • David A. King, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona, and Jonathan Peters, Ph.D.,P Professor of Finance and Data Analytics, The City University of New York: Household Transportation Spending Trends from 2010 to 2020 - Early Indications of the impact of cultural shifts and pandemic related household activity on transportation spending patterns.

F First-time data user.

A Attendee at 2019 workshop.

P Presenter at previous workshops

BLS Presenters and Instructors

(in order of presentation, where applicable)

  • Scott Curtin
  • Adam Safir
  • Bryan Rigg
  • Aaron Cobet
  • Jimmy Choi
  • Geoffrey Paulin
  • Brett Creech
  • Special thanks to Lekhnath Chalise, who served as workshop coordinator for the first time, and under unusually challenging circumstances.



Last Modified Date: September 3, 2020