The Business and Economic Statistics Section


  • The following officers were elected for 2015: Program Chair-elect: Robert A. Cage, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Secretary/Treasurer: David Scott Matteson, Cornell University
  • Please consider submitting a proposal for an invited session at JSM 2015 in Seattle. The conference theme is "Statistics: Making Better Decisions" but not all sessions need to be directly related to this topic. Invited sessions are 110 minutes in length, can take a variety of formats, and include from two to six participants. For additional information, please see the Call for Invited Sessions article : or contact 2015 Program Chair Beth Andrews with any questions you may have. If you plan to submit a proposal, please do so online at The deadline to submit an invited proposal is September 4, 2014 (11:59 p.m. ET).

JSM 2014

  • Bart van Ark to Speak at the Economic Outlook Luncheon: The Business and Economic Statistics section of the American Statistical Association is very pleased to announce that Dr. Bart van Ark will speak at the Economic Outlook Luncheon at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Boston on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. His talk is titled "The Global Economy: Lenses on the Past, Present, and Future", and an abstract is available in the online program.

    The analysis and prospects to be discussed by Dr. van Ark will be based on global statistics covering 99 percent of the world's population a fitting topic for JSM 2014. Dr. van Ark will provide a historical review of how the global economy arrived at where it is now as well as perspectives for global economic growth for the next 10 years using macro growth scenarios in which the key drivers of growth (employment, investment, and technology) are being varied. Dr. van Ark has been extensively published in national and international economic journals and is widely recognized for his contributions to productivity analysis and international comparisons. Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear this internationally recognized expert's views on the global economy.

    (The Economic Outlook Luncheon is a fee event. Please look for and select it on your JSM registration form.)

  • B&E Section Business Meeting (Tuesday August 5th from 5:00-6:30, CC-157A) - Come participate in discussion of section issues at the business meeting. There will be an informal reception for all B&E member that will be held from 6:45-8:15 PM at a nearby restaurant (this event is not listed in the online program). Details will be issued via email and at the meeting.
  • Two recipients of recent B&E-sponsored awards will be honored at the ASA Awards Ceremony Sunday evening. Don't miss the opportunity to congratulate winners Xin Tong (2013 Zellner Prize) and Julia Lane (2014 Shiskin Award).
  • To view more B & E section activies at JSM 2014, access the Online Program and select the Business and Economic Statistics section in the dropdown menu.



  • Julia Ingrid Lane, Senior Managing Economist and Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research, has been selected to receive the 2014 Julius Shiskin Memorial Award for Economic Statistics. The award recognizes unusually original and important contributions in the development of economic statistics or in the use of statistics in interpreting the economy. Dr. Lane is recognized for her contributions to the development of a new Census Bureau program that has significantly advanced research on employment dynamics. She initiated what is now known as the Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics (LEHD) program, the first large-scale linked employer-employee dataset in the United States.
  • For more details, access the press release (PDF) on this website.

  • This award is jointly sponsored by the National Association for Business Economics, The Washington Statistical Society and the Business and Economics Section of the American Statistical Association.
  • More information on the Shiskin Award is available on this web site.


  • The Joint Program in Survey Methodology has several short courses on topics in survey methodology and economic statistics that are open for registration. Access the JPSM website at and select "JPSM Short Courses" on the top menu bar for online registration and course information.


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