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The Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) will hold its annual conference, organised in partnership with the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Bank of England, in London on16-17 May 2018.

Keynote speakers include:

Nicholas Bloom (Stanford University and ESCoE)
Hal Varian (University of California at Berkeley and Google)

We would like to invite papers on all aspects of the measurement and use of economic statistics, including: the productivity puzzle, the digital economy, National Accounts and Beyond GDP, regional statistics, measurement using big data and administrative data, international trade flows and the location of economic activity.

Please submit a full paper or an extended abstract by 31 January 2018 to [email protected].

Further details can be found on the website below.

Charles Bean, 22 December 2015

Economic statistics are an important public good and governments typically recognise this by supporting their production, ideally through an independent agency. But producing reliable and meaningful statistics is by no means easy. In this column, former Bank of England Deputy Governor Charles Bean presents the findings from his forthcoming report on the UK’s current and future statistical needs. Addressing the challenge of measuring a modern dynamic economy not only requires statistical organisations to have the right skills, methods and technological systems – they also need to be pro-active and creative, curious and self-critical.

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