In today’s highly-competitive business climate, it is vital that economists and analysts possess a firm grasp of the economic data that factor into business decisions, drive economic modeling, and influence policy debates. Understanding how the data are constructed is a prerequisite for accurate interpretation and analysis.

Now in its 14th year, the Economic Measurement Seminar (EMS) presented by The NABE Foundation is a convenient, cost-effective program designed to strengthen your knowledge of economic statistics and analytical techniques, enhancing your ability to add value in your workplace.

The EMS pairs expert data producers with prominent data users to provide you with an insightful view of how data are compiled and how they are used by leading analysts. EMS attendees earn the Certificate in Economic Measurement and enjoy numerous opportunities to network with presenters and colleagues!

EMS attendees will gain:

  • a comprehensive knowledge of all major measures of U.S. economic performance including employment, prices, GDP, housing/ home prices, and corporate profits
  • insight into how economic statistics are collected and compiled by Federal agencies and private sector data providers
  • an understanding of how to use available data to make informed business decisions
  • the knowledge needed to prepare themselves for the economic measurement questions on NABE’s CBE Exam
  • an expanded network! The EMS provides a number of opportunities to network with presenters and colleagues 

Early career professionals and first-time attendees typically focus on Track A sessions. Seasoned professionals and repeat attendees look to Track B sessions for a deeper dive on specialized topics. Or….mix and match sessions from both tracks to customize your learning experience!

Need help making the case to your employer as to why you should attend? Check out the Resources page for an Attendance Justification Toolkit.

Topics Include:

Corporate Profits
Economic Statistics from the US Government and Industry Sources
Employment Indicators
Energy Statistics
Federal Reserve Bank Regional Data, Surveys and Studies
 Financial Accounts (Flow of Funds) 

 GDP and the National Accounts     
Health Statistics
Housing and Construction
International Comparisons
International Transactions 

 Measuring Employment 

 Measuring Inflation 

Retail Sales
Seasonal Adjustment
Understanding Monetary Policy
Wages, Earnings, and Compensation

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 The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Consumer Expenditure Surveys (CE) are the most detailed source of expenditures, income, and demographics collected directly from households by the U.S. Federal government.  The CE has twenty years of free microdata available online covering years 1996 – 2015.  On July 19-21, the CE program is hosting a free Microdata Users’ Workshop at BLS headquarters in Washington, DC. The sessions are geared to microdata users of all levels of experience from "never used" to expert.
For more information and to register visit the BLS website, Microdata Users’ Workshop.  Registration closes on July 12, 2017.

 The Economic Measurement Seminar is a component of the Certified Business Economist® (CBE) program, the certification in applied economics and data analytics, and qualifies for 13 credit hours of continuing education for CBEs. EMS sessions that are part of the CBE core curriculum have been highlighted.

 As a participant in the CFA Institute Approved-Provider Program, NABE has determined that this program qualifies for 13 credit hours.  If you are a CFA Institute member, CE credit for your participation in this program will be automatically recorded in your CE Diary.  Please provide your CFA member number at the registration desk to claim your CE credit. 

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  • NABE Member Registration: $600
  • US Government Employee Registration: $600
  • Nonmember Registration (includes Membership Dues): $750

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The NABE Foundation will award scholarships to the 2017 Economic Measurement Seminar. To be eligible for consideration to receive the scholarship, one must:

  1. Have worked in the economics field for seven years or less OR are a student in a CBE University Partner Program
  2. Currently be involved in a position that uses economic principles and theory
  3. Hold an undergraduate college degree or higher.

NOTE: The deadline for applications is June 28, 2017.

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