The 2021 Consumer Expenditure Surveys Microdata Users' Workshop (July 21-23) has concluded. As the second ever workshop held entirely (or even partially) online, this experience was still new for 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" Bureau of Labor Statistics (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.
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.
Next workshop. The seventeenth annual workshop will be held July 2023. 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 2023 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). (Note: The link for the 2023 event is forthcoming, but other than the deadline for submission, the basic procedures are not likely to change from 2021.)
(in order of presentation)
F First-time data user.
A Attendee at a previous workshop.
P Presenter at previous workshops.
(in order of presentation, where applicable)
Last Modified Date: May 6, 2022