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

International Atlantic Economic Conference (IAEC)
October 13-16, 2016
Website:  http://www.iaes.org/washington-d-c/
Conference Program:  https://iaes.confex.com/iaes/82am/webprogram/start.html

CE Workshop Training Package: (ZIP)

Workshop on the Consumer Expenditure Survey in Two Sessions (October 14):

    • 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.
    • Registration:  The workshop is open to all registrants of the IAEC.  No additional fees are required.  Walk-ins are welcome.  However, to ensure receipt of workshop materials, please send a notice of intention to attend to the following e-mail address:  CE_Workshop_at_IAEC_2016@bls.gov.  The notice should include the number of attendees covered by the notice.  For example, a professor registering for herself and two students would indicate three attendees are expected.  Registrants will also receive updates via e-mail in the event of changes to the program or other relevant announcements regarding the workshop.
    • Inquiries/Suggestions:  Please send any questions about the workshop to the registration address:  CE_Workshop_at_IAEC_2016@bls.gov.  This includes requests for coverage of specific topics or other suggestions from attendees.

Session 1:  Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) Workshop, Part I:  Research Using the CE; Overview of Tabular Data” (October 14, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.)


      • Do Consumers’ Expenditures Follow Their Sentiment?  Evidence from the Consumer Expenditure Survey and the Consumer Sentiment Index. Arcenis Rojas (BLS).
      • Mortgages and Risk Preference:  Evidence from the Consumer Expenditure Survey.Taylor Wilson (BLS).
      • After Graduation:  How Student Loan Debt Relates to Income, Expenditures, Asset Accumulation, and Other Debt. Geoffrey Paulin (BLS).


      • 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).

Session 2:  Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE), Workshop Part II: Using CE Microdata” (2:15 to 4:15 p.m.)
*NOTE:  For the best experience, please bring a laptop or similar device loaded with statistical software of choice.

      • Unlimited Time Offer:  Downloading the 1996-2015 PUMD Files at No (Monetary) Cost
      • Taylor Wilson (BLS).
      • 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).
      • Exercises Using CE Microdata Hands-on training led by the instructors.

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: August 24, 2016