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 21st 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 EMS Preview Webinar - Why Are Economic Data Seasonally Adjusted?

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 -- nearly 100 data series are covered over the course of two days! See full list here. EMS attendees also 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!

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.

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 Attendance Justification Toolkit.

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

Financial Accounts: The Quarterly Data and the Stories They Tell
GDP and the National Accounts: The Building Blocks of the Economy
International Trade and Finance
Measuring Employment: Using and Interpreting Employment Statistics
Inflation: What It Is 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 continuing education hours for CBEs. EMS sessions that are part of the CBE core curriculum have been highlighted.

CBE Courses

Plus! Take control of your career trajectory - master the top skills sought by employers with certificate courses in Writing Skills and Communication/Presentation Skills for Business Economists and Analysts. Both courses are prerequisites for earning the CBE designation.

July 17, 2024
Writing Skills for Business Economists & Analysts
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Four Seasons Hotel
Washington, DC

July 18-19, 2024
Communication & Presentation Skills for Business Economists & Analysts
2 days, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Four Seasons Hotel
Washington, DC

Health/Safety Guidelines:

Effective November 29, 2022, NABE will no longer require proof of vaccination status to attend a NABE in-person meeting or event. Mask-wearing at NABE meetings and events is optional.

Instead, NABE expects attendees to take responsibility themselves for following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on measures to reduce infection from COVID-19 and to protect against severe complications. NABE encourages all attendees to follow the CDC’s recommendation that everyone over age five receive the updated 2023-2024 vaccine as soon as they are eligible to do so (e.g., 2 months past their last shot). For more information, please review the guidelines here

All attendees are asked to take an at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen test before traveling to any NABE meeting and should not attend if they test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19. NABE will also have COVID tests available onsite. NABE will not be requiring proof of these measures, but calls on the NABE community to act responsibly and with consideration for the health and safety of others.

Code of Conduct:

All participants at NABE events must abide by the NABE 
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In-Person Registration*:

NABE Member: $525
US Government Employee: $525
Non-Member: $675 (includes one-year NABE membership dues)

*Advance Deadline: July 10

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Virtual Registration*:

NABE Member: $400
US Government Employee: $450
Non-Member: $550 (includes one-year NABE membership dues)

*Virtual registration includes access to Track A sessions only.

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Data Series Covered Include:

Advanced Monthly Retail Trade 
American Financial Services Association Consumer Credit Conditions Index
Annual Survey of Industries
Annual Survey of Manufacturers (ASM)
Average Hourly Earnings
Balance on Current and Capital Accounts
Business Debt
Business Employment Dynamics (BED)
Central Bank Liquidity Swaps
Chain-Weighted GDP
Component Contributions to Growth  
Consumer Debt
CPI-U All Items, Food, Energy, and Core
Currency in Circulation
Current Employment Statistics (CES)
Current Employment Statistics Survey
Current Population Survey
Discount Window Lending
Discretionary Spending
Distribution of Household Net Worth by Generation
Duration of Unemployment
Effective Federal Funds Rate
Employment by State
Employment Cost Index
Employment/Population Ratio
Federal Debt Held by the Public
Federal Funds Rate Target
Federal Reserve Reverse Repurchase Agreements
Fiscal Deficit
Five Year Census of Industries
Foreign Direct Investment
GDP by Metro
GDP by State
GDP Price Index
Government Receipts and Expenditures
Gross Domestic Income (GDI)
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Gross Federal Debt
Household Debt 
Household Net Worth
Industry Economic Accounts
Interest Rate Paid on Reserves
International Investment Position
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS)
Labor Force Participation Rate
Labor Productivity 
Mandatory Spending
Manufacturing Jobs
Maturity Structure of Foreign Holdings of US Debt Securities
Median PCE Inflation Rate
Monthly State Retail Sales (MSRS)
Mortgage Debt
Multivariate Core Trend Inflation
National Income and Product Accounts 
Net Acquisition of Financial Assets
Net Interest Payments
Nonfarm Payroll Jobs
Occupational Employment and Wage Survey
Owners Equivalent Rent (OER)
Part-Time for Economic Reasons
PCE by State
PCE Chain Price Index
PCE Core Services excluding Housing
Personal Consumption Expenditures
Personal Income
Personal Income and Outlays
Personal Income by State
Personal Savings
Private Employment
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), 
Quarterly Services Spending 
Real Personal Income for States and Metros
Regional Price Parities
Reserve balances with Federal Reserve Banks
Retail E-Commerce Sales 
Securities Held Outright by the Federal Reserve
Service Producing Jobs
Sovereign Debt Spreads
Super-Core CPI-U 
The Federal Reserve Board Consumer Credit (G.19) statistical release
The New York Federal Reserve Bank Consumer Credit Panel (CCP)
Total Factor Productivity
Trade in Goods
Trade in Services
Treasury Auction Bid/Offer Spreads
Treasury Auction Tails
Treasury International Capital (TIC) Data
Trimmed Mean PCE Inflation Rate
Unemployment Rate
Unit Labor Costs
Unit Nonlabor Payments
Work Week