Call for Presenters: 2016 Consumer Expenditure Survey Microdata Users’ Workshop (July 13-15, Washington, DC)


Have you used the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) in your work? More specifically, have you used the public-use microdata files from the CE in research you have conducted? If so, the Bureau of Labor Statistics would like to invite you to present your work at the upcoming CE Microdata Users’ Workshop, to be held July 13-15, 2016, following the CE Survey Methods Symposium on July 12.
BLS is seeking presentations of up to 30 minutes by users of the CE data for the workshop. There are no limits to the areas of research or degree of sophistication of the papers we seek. They can be descriptive or applied. They can present simple hypothesis testing or elegant model building. Work in progress is as welcome as finished research. However, when preparing the presentation, please note that the emphasis should be on how the data were used, questions or problems encountered, and similar discussion. Results of the research are an important, and perhaps necessary, component of these presentations; nevertheless, the emphasis sought is on application.

While BLS cannot offer any honoraria to presenters, the workshop is free of charge to all who come. Past workshops have averaged about 50 attendees, so you can anticipate a significant audience for your presentation. In addition, previous workshop attendees have cited these sessions consistently among their favorites, especially the presentations giving practical examples of how the data can be used in research.

If you would like to present at the workshop, please answer the questions below, and email the proposal to review team (

If you have a colleague who might be interested in presenting, please forward this invitation. Also please note that the workshop is an excellent forum for graduate students to gain experience presenting their work, and to get helpful comments on research in development, including dissertation proposals or theses in progress.

If you would like to be part of the 2016 CE Microdata Users’ Workshop program or have any questions about the workshop, please contact BLS by May 1, 2016.

PRESENTATION SUBMISSION FORM: 2016 Consumer Expenditure Survey Microdata Users’ Workshop
1. Name(s)/affiliation(s) of presenter(s)
2. Title of presentation
3. Purpose of research (e.g., article for publication; class project; thesis/dissertation; work project; policy-making; etc.)
4. Brief description (one paragraph) of the work (goal of work, methods used, etc.)
5. Data used, Interview Survey, Diary Survey or both
6. Quarters/years examined (e.g., 2010Q1-2011Q1).
7. Data files used: (FMLY, MEMB, EXPN—name all that are appropriate from each survey, if both used).
8. Presentation Availability (are there dates/times you CANNOT attend/prefer?)
This section is designed both to help us better understand your research, and to provide guidance/suggestions at the workshop. However, consideration of your application will not be adversely affected if none of these items apply.

Problems encountered/solutions used (if any):
Questions/concerns/comments you have for the data/workshop producers:
Suggestions to improve the microdata and documentation: