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.


Washington, DC

Eastern Economic Association (EEA)

February 26-28, 2016

Website: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/eea

Conference Program: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/prebuilt/pdf/academics/artssciences/eea2016programpreview3.pdf

Presentation topics:

Workshop on the Consumer Expenditure Survey in Four Special Sessions (February 26, 9:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m., Sessions B13, C13, D13, and E13):

  • Presenters: Geoffrey Paulin, Arcenis Rojas, and Taylor Wilson (BLS)
  • Overview: This workshop will provide information about, and instruction in, the use of CE data, and their value to economic researchers at all levels of career development and experience, including students (graduate and undergraduate).

    The presenters are experts from the CE program staff who will describe the differences between, and uses of, the two components of the CE: The quarterly Interview Survey and the two-week Diary Survey.

    At the workshop, attendees will learn about research in progress using CE data. In addition, attendees will learn how to:

    • Download tabular and microdata for free;
    • Use the tabular and microdata files to conduct their own analyses;
    • Contact CE program staff for all needs ranging from simple questions to in-depth assistance.

    The structure of the training sessions is hands on; the presenters will provide exercises using the microdata files.

  • Target Audience: This workshop is of particular interest to students, both graduate and undergraduate, pursuing dissertations, theses, or class projects; junior faculty interested in publishing; senior faculty interested in new research projects; and other economic analysts with interest in consumer spending patterns for use in policy, education, and other fields.

Special Session 1 [B13]:  Forever in Your Debt: Relating Consumer Expenditures to Mortgage, Student Loan, and Vehicle Payments” (9:30 to 10:50 a.m.)

  • Do Consumers’ Expenditures Follow Their Sentiment? Evidence from the Consumer Expenditure Survey and the Consumer Sentiment Index. Arcenis Rojas (BLS).

  • Hitting Us Where We Live: Examining Relationships between Housing Debt and Consumer Expenditures. Taylor Wilson (BLS).
  • After Graduation: How Student Loan Debt Relates to Income, Expenditures, Asset Accumulation, and Other Debt. Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).

Special Session 2 [C13]:  How to Obtain and Use Tabular Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE)” (11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.)

  • Locating Data:  A Tour of the CE Website. Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).
  • Understanding the Data:  Means, Standard Errors, and Other “Vital” Statistics from Standard, Detailed, and Experimental Tables. Taylor Wilson (BLS).
  • Analyzing the Data:  How to Use LABSTAT, an Online Tool for Time-Series and Graphical Analyses. Arcenis Rojas (BLS).

Special Session 3 [D13]:  Overview of Public Use Microdata (PUMD) Files from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE)” (1:00 to 2:20 p.m.)

  • Overview of File Structure. Arcenis Rojas (BLS).
  • Introduction to Summary Variables:  How to See the Forest Without Having to Add Up Individual Trees. Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).
  • Unlimited Time Offer:  Downloading the 1996-2014 PUMD Files at No (Monetary) Cost. Taylor Wilson (BLS).

Special Session 4 [E13]: Hands-On Training: Exercises in Analyzing Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) Microdata” (2:30 to 3:50 p.m.)

*NOTE:  For the best experience, please bring a laptop or similar device loaded with statistical software of choice.

  • Exercise 1:  Computing Mean Expenditures for Selected Demographic Groups Using Summary Variables. Arcenis Rojas (BLS).

  • Exercise 2:  Computing Mean Expenditures for Detailed Expenditure Items. Taylor Wilson (BLS).

  • Exercise 3:  Adding Apples and Oranges:  Diary Files for Detailed Food Expenditures. Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).

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.


There are no presentations currently planned for the South.

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


There are no presentations currently planned for the West.

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: February 10, 2016