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.


Ft. Lauderdale, FL

American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)

May 14-17, 2015

Conference Website: www.aapor.org

Presentation Title: "Towards Determining an Optimal Contact Attempt Threshold for a Large-Scale Personal Visit Survey" presented by Adam Safir (BLS)

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

International Field Directors and Technology Conference

May 17-20, 2015

Conference Website: https://ifdtc.org/2015-conference/

Presentation Title: "Exploring the use of interviewer notes from a later phase in the data collection process to corroborate pre-survey respondent attitudes observed at the survey request" presented by Wendy Martinez (BLS)

Clearwater Beach, FL

American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI)

May 20-23, 2015

Website: www.consumerinterests.org

Conference Program (Overview): www.consumerinterests.org/assets/docs/Conf2015/acci%20%202015%20full%20agenda%204-13-15.pdf

Concurrent Session (May 21): Symposium B2 (9:00am-10:15am): Consumer Expenditure Survey Data


    "Health, Education, and Welfare: Works in Progress"
    presented by Geoffrey Paulin (BLS)

    "The Impacts of Household Characteristics on Private Pension Deduction"
    Shinae Choi, Melissa Wilmarth, and Kyoung Tae Kim

Post-Conference Workshop (May 23): "From the Elementary to the Expert: How to Obtain and Use Tabular and Microdata from the Consumer Expenditure Survey"

    Presenters: Geoffrey Paulin and Scott Curtin (BLS)

    Overview: This pre-conference workshop will provide information about, and instruction in, the use of CE data, and their value to researchers and practitioners 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 these data. In addition, attendees will learn how to:

    • Download tabular and microdata for free;
    • Use the 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 this session is hands on; there are exercises using the microdata files while there are experts in the room to assist. Attendees also have the opportunity to ask in advance specific questions or concerns that they would like to see addressed during the workshop.

    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 analysts with interest in consumer spending patterns for use in policy, education, and other fields.

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: April 29, 2015