The 2020 EMS is going VIRTUAL! 

Registration is open. Check back for more information on the program and session details. 

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 17th 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.

FREE Preview:  Economic Statistics from US Govt/Industry Sources

Maurine Haver, CBE
, Founder and President, Haver Analytics
Michael Horrigan, CBE, President, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Jack Kleinhenz, CBE, Chief Economist, National Retail Federation
Dana Saporta, CBE, Economist

Why Are Economic Data Seasonally Adjusted

Speaker: Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Economic Research and Global Research Chair, The Conference Board
Moderator: Maurine Haver, CBE, Founder and President, Haver Analytics

Seasonality is a common feature of economic data and if not properly addressed, it can cloud our judgment about what the data are telling us. Seasonal adjustment methodologies have been developed to remove these predictable patterns to reveal the underlying trend and cycle. When is seasonal adjustment appropriate? What are the best methods? What are the pitfalls and challenges in analyzing seasonal and seasonally adjusted data? This session will look at these issues from a user’s perspective to help develop a deeper appreciation for working with economic indicators.

The preview above delivers an overview of the data provided by the U.S. federal statistical system with a special focus on those to be covered in the Economic Measurement Seminar. This preview also highlights examples of common misinterpretations of the data.

The EMS pairs expert data producers with prominent data users to provide you with insights into how statistics are compiled and how data are used to track the macroeconomy. EMS attendees earn the 
Certificate in Economic Measurement.

EMS attendees will gain:

  • a comprehensive knowledge of the most important measures of U.S. economic activity, including employment, inflation, GDP, corporate profits, and real estate trends
  • 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
  • strengths and limitations of various data series
  • the critical knowledge needed to prepare for NABE’s CBE Exam
  • an expanded network! While not in-person this year, the virtual event will still provide opportunities to meet/network with other attendees.

Past EMS attendees and presenters have come from a variety of fields, spanning private sector, policy, and academic disciplines. Financial analysts, economists, statisticians, strategists, and others are represented, creating a unique forum for learning and networking.

Keynote Speaker
Loretta Mester
President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland 

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
Federal Reserve District Research and Surveys
Financial Accounts (Flow of Funds) 
GDP and the National Accounts     
Housing and Construction
International Transactions 
Measuring Employment 
Measuring Inflation 
Seasonal Adjustment
Understanding Monetary Policy
Wages, Earnings, and Compensation

Preparing to sit for the CBE Exam and become a Certified Business Economist?  Be sure to attend these sessions covering CBE content:

Financial Accounts: Understanding the Role and Value
GDP and the National Accounts: The Building Blocks of the Economy
International Transactions: A Balancing Act
Measuring Employment: Using and Interpreting Employment Statistics
Measuring Inflation: What It Measures and How It Is Measured
Productivity: The Key to Understanding Economic Growth

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 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.


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