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Methodological Changes to CPI

March 4, 2020
2:00pm-3:00pm ET

Robert Cage, Assistant Commissioner for Consumer Prices and Price Indexes, BLS

Kathy Bostjancic,
Director, U.S. Macro Investor Services, Oxford Economics

Moderator: Sara Rutledge, Managing Director, Real Estate Products, StratoDem Analytics; NABE Data/Statistics Roundtable Co-Chair

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) regularly makes methodological enhancements to the CPI to improve its accuracy. In recent years, the BLS has been increasing its use of third-party data sources to improve its measurement of consumer prices. Join the Data/Statistics Roundtable for a free webinar on Wednesday, March 4 at 2:00 PM Eastern, with presentations from Robert Cage, Assistant Commissioner for Consumer Prices and Price Indexes at the BLS, on recent methodological changes to the CPI and Kathy Bostjancic, Director, U.S. Macro Investor Services at Oxford Economics, who will share a data user's perspective on these changes.



Labor Market and the 2020 Election

January 16, 2020
2:00-3:00pm ET

As we enter the election year, where does the labor market stand? This webinar will look at economic trends in red, blue, and battleground states, as well as at growing geographic and partisan divides in America.

Jed Kolko, Chief Economist, Indeed

Presentation Slides (PDF)


Revising Economic Indices Without Undermining Trust

March 13, 2018
12:00 pm ET


Tony Hughes, Managing Director, Economic Research, Moody's Analytics

Lucia S. Foster, Chief Economist and Chief, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau

Skylar Olsen, Senior Economist, Zillow


Issi Romem, Chief Economist, BuildZoom; NABE Data/Statistics Roundtable Co-Chair

The usefulness of an economic index is underpinned by users’ trust that it is published regularly and consistently. In order to avoid undermining this trust, revisions due to changes in the methods or data used ought to be made cautiously, infrequently, and with a mind for transparency.

The current explosion of data has greatly expanded the scope for new economic indices, especially those produced by the private sector. In an effort to gain the first-mover advantage in putting forth new indices that drive media attention, companies are often compelled to publish indices whose underlying data and methods are still in flux. The need for revising indices to incorporate better data and methods on an ongoing basis often conflicts with the need for maintaining trust.

How are companies in various positions of the economic index lifecycle handling this trade-off? How do these companies’ strategies compare to those of traditional public-sector publishers of economic indices? This one-hour webinar will dissect these questions and more.

Presentations: Foster (PDF) | Hughes (PDF) | Olsen (PDF)

BuildZoom Building Permit Data and Analysis



Using Big Data to Measure Labor Market Trends

June 14, 2017
12:00 pm ET


Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Economist & Senior Director, Glassdoor, Inc.
Bledi Taska, Chief Economist, Burning Glass Technologies


Kathy Bostjancic, Head of U.S. Macro Investor Services, Oxford Economics

Presentations: Chamberlain (PDF) | Taska (PDF)

Join us for this webinar taking a look at how Big Data can be used to measure labor market trends with presentations from 
Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Economist and Senior Director, Glassdoor, Inc., who will talk about Glassdoor's Local Pay Reports, and Bledi Taska, Chief Economist, Burning Glass Technologies, who will discuss how real-time labor market data can be used to measure "mismatch" unemployment across the business cycle.