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CNSTAT Public Seminars and Other Symposia


CNSTAT’s regular meetings in May and October traditionally include a public seminar on a topic of interest to the Washington statistical and economic measurement community. Ranging from keynote addresses to panel discussions, seminars have addressed crosscutting topics in federal and private survey research (such as general increases in nonresponse) and production of statistics (such as discrepant—and seemingly competing—estimates of social and economic phenomena). Economic topics have also been spotlighted, such as possibilities for national time accounting.


In addition to these public seminars, CNSTAT staff and committee volunteers participate at various professional association conferences and meetings, disseminating the work and activities of the Committee on National Statistics.  CNSTAT has also been a regular sponsor of similar activities such as the Morris Hansen Lecture.


October 24, 2014
Measuring Dimensions of Subjective Well-Being: The Role of Official Statistics
Introduction: Lisbeth Nielsen, National Institute on Aging
Presenters: Arthur Stone, University of Southern California; Ed Humpherson, UK Statistics Authority; Carol Graham, The Brookings Institution

May 9, 2014
The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality
Speaker: Angus Deaton, Princeton University
Discussants: David Johnson, Bureau of Economic Analysis; Samuel Preston, University of Pennsylvania

October 25, 2013
Understanding Immigration: Measuring Flows, Populations, and Economic Effects
Speakers: Tom Plewes, Committee on Population (CPOP); Alicia Carriquiry, Iowa State University; Jeffrey Passel, Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project; David Card, University of California, Berkeley

October 3, 2013 (rescheduled for January 7, 2014)
Morris Hansen Lecture - Envisioning the 2030 Census 
Speaker: Stephen Fienberg, Carnegie Mellon University
Discussants: Ivan Fellegi, former chief statistician of Statistics Canada; Robert Groves, Georgetown University 


May 10, 2013

Changing Social Structures and the Meaning of ‘Household’ in Federal Surveys

Speakers: Rose Kreider, Census Bureau; Nancy Bates, Census Bureau; Judith Seltzer, UCLA; Margo Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee




October 19, 2012

Reflections on Election Polling and Forecasting from Inside the Boiler Room
Speakers: Scott Keeter, Pew Research Center; Joseph Lenski, Edison Research; Clyde Tucker, CNN Decision Desk

Discussant: Robert Groves, Georgetown University





October 9, 2012

Morris Hansen Lecture - Thank you Morris et al., for Westat et al.

Speaker: Kenneth Prewitt, Columbia University

Discussants: Margo Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Dan Gaylin, NORC at the University of Chicago



May 11, 2012

The Future of Social Science Data Collection
Speaker: Roger Tourangeau, Westat

Discussants: Nancy Bates, U.S. Census Bureau; Art Kennickell, Federal Reserve Board; Reg Baker, Market Strategies International



November 4, 2011

The Story of the Netflix Prize (Joint Seminar of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics and CNSTAT)

Speakers: Robert Bell, AT&T Labs Research; Emmanuel Candes, Stanford University; Lester Mackey, University of California, Berkeley




October 21, 2011

The Effects of the Great Recession on Our Economy and Society: Insights from Public Data
Speakers: Alan Zaslavsky (CNSTAT; Harvard Medical School); Michael Hout (CNSTAT; University of California, Berkeley); Timothy Smeeding (University of Wisconsin–Madison); —S. Philip Morgan (Duke University)
Discussant: Lisa Lynch (CNSTAT; Brandeis University)—Discussant


October 18, 2011

Morris Hansen Lecture - Total Survey Error: Missing Conceptual Components and Design-Based/Model-Based Viewpoints
Speakers: Robert M. Groves, U.S. Census Bureau; Roderick J. Little, U.S. Census Bureau and University of Michigan
Discussant: Natalie Shlomo, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, University of Southampton


May 6, 2011

The Potential Role of Technology-Driven Nongovernment Data Collection for Federal Statistics
Speakers: Lisa Lynch, Brandeis University; Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT Sloan School of Management

Discussants: John Abowd, Cornell University; Kenneth Prewitt, Columbia University


October 22, 2010

The Survey Methodology Pipeline—Providing Needed Expertise for the Federal Statistical System

Speakers: Sally Morton, University of Pittsburgh; Roger Tourandeau, University of Maryland; Graham Kalton, Westat; Cheryl Eavey, NSF
Discussants: John Eltinge, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Rod Little, U.S. Census Bureau


October 10, 2010

Morris Hansen Lecture - Dealing with Survey Nonresponse: In Data Collection, in Estimation

Speaker: Carl-Erik Särndal, Statistics Sweden
Discussants: J. Michael Brick, Westat; Roger Tourangeau, University of Michigan 



May 7, 2010

Using Administrative and Survey Data to Inform Health Policy—A Federal Statistical System Initiative

Speaker: Edward Sondik, National Center for Health Statistics



October 30, 2009

Challenges for Policy Uses of Economic Statistics

Speakers: David Romer, University of California at Berkeley; Jeremy Rudd, U.S. Treasury Department 

Discussants: Keith Hall, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Steven Landefeld, Bureau of Economic Analysis; Thomas Mesenbourg, U.S. Census Bureau



May 8, 2009

The Federal Statistical System—Recognizing Its Contributions; Moving It Forward (Joint Symposium of the Committee on National Statistics and the American Academy of Political and Social Science)

Speakers: Peter Orszag, Office of Management and Budget; John Holdren, Office of Science and Technology Policy


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