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
  • Nominations are invited for the 2015 Julius Shiskin Award for Economic Statistics; nomination forms are available on this website. The deadline for nominations is March 16, 2015.


  • The American Statistical Association invites nominations and applications for the positions of Joint Editors of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. JBES publishes a range of articles, primarily applied statistical analyses of microeconomic, macroeconomic, forecasting, business, and finance related topics. More general papers in statistics, econometrics, computation, simulation, or graphics are also appropriate if they are immediately applicable to the journal's general topics of interest. Articles published in JBES contain significant results, high-quality methodological content, excellent exposition, and usually include a substantive empirical application. All submissions are rigorously refereed using a double-blind peer review process.
  • Nominations should be sent to Once received, nominations will be presented to the Chair of the JBES Joint Editor search committee for further consideration. The deadline for nominations is December 9, 2014.
  • Interested individuals are encouraged to apply for the editorship. Applicants should send a CV; the names of 3 references; and a letter of interest in the position including a brief statement of the candidate's vision for the publication, directions the candidate would pursue, and contributions she or he would make if selected as one of the Joint Editors. Please send applications to The deadline for applications is February 10, 2015.
  • For more information about the position and the application and nomination process, access the position announcement on the ASA website.

JSM 2015

  • It's time to submit proposals for topic-contributed sessions at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle, to be held August 8-13, 2015. Topic-contributed sessions are more similar to invited sessions than contributed sessions are, getting more exposure and a more focused and engaged audience.
  • This year, the B&E Section has 6 topic contributed slots. The sessions are 110 minutes in length. Research paper sessions must include 5 presentations of 20 minutes each, with 10 minutes at the end for floor discussion and concluding remarks by the session chair.
  • The submission website will be open until January 15.
  • For more information or to submit a proposal, please access


  • The Business and Economic Statistics Section (B&E) of the American Statistical Association (ASA) will offer up to two travel awards (amount to be determined, but roughly $500) for students in doctoral programs in business, economics, econometrics, statistics, or allied disciplines.
    • Support is offered for students to attend the Joint Statistical Meetings, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 8 August 13; applicants should be either presenting a paper or participating in a poster session.
    • Applications must include the application form and additional materials, including a transcript and a letter of support from faculty advisor or supporting B&E member. Access the application form for more details.
    • Also, the ASA has established some further requirements on applications for student travel awards to any ASA section please read these at
    • Winners are expected to attend JSM sessions.
    • If you have any questions, please contact David Matteson, Chair, B&E student travel award committee, at
  • The application form (PDF) is available on this website. Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2014.



  • 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.
  • Nominations are invited for the 2015 Julius Shiskin Award for Economic Statistics; nomination forms are available on this website. The deadline for nominations is March 16, 2015.
  • 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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