Business and Economics Statistics Section

Welcome to the Business and Economics Statistics Section website, which features news about our section, and information on workshops and awards that our section sponsors. The section organizes and sponsors sessions for the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) each year. 


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B & E Student Paper Award Winners for 2023

The Business and Economic Statistics Section announced the winners of the 2023 American Statistical Association Student Paper Awards, given by the section.  

  • Hyeong Jin Hyun, Purdue University, "Neural Inference for Diffusion Processes" 
  • Mengxin Yu, Princeton University, "Strategic Decision-Making in the Presence of Information Asymmetry: Provably Efficient RL with Algorithmic Instruments" 
  • Xiaotian Zheng, University of California, Santa Cruz, "A Mixture Modeling Framework for Temporal Point Processes with Memory" 
  • Yi Han, Universitiy of California, Davis, "Structural Break Detection in Non-stationary Network Vector Autoregression Models." 

The award-winning students will present their papers at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in a Topic-Contributed session. The students will also receive a cash award.

For more details, including a complete list of the membes of the 2023 B&E Student Paper Awards Committee, access the student awards annoucment (PDF file).

Congratulations to the award winners for their submissions.

Links to Slides, Video from SAPW 2022 Now Available

The 4th Seasonal Adjustment Practitioners Workshop was held on June 8 and 9, with speakers from 10 international statistical agencies and central banks, four U.S. statistical agencies, four universities, and three private companies/consulting firms. Topics were diverse, with many focusing on the response to pandemic effects in time series estimates. The workshop included shorter lightning presentations for the first time this year.

The workshop page has been updated with slides and videos of available presentations. Access the available presentations on the Government Statistical Society website.

There is now a YouTube channel for the SAPW. Become a subscriber today!

2022 Zellner Award Winner Announced

The Business and Economic Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association and sponsor SAS are proud to announce the recipients of the 2021 Arnold Zellner Thesis Award:

The award includes a $1500 prize, generously provided by SAS Institute.

For more information on the Zellner Thesis Award, including submission information for the 2022 Zellner Thesis Award, access the Zellner Thesis Award Page.

Professor Susan Helper is the 2022 Economic Outlook Lunchtime Speaker

Professor Till von Wachter of the University of California at Los Angeles

Prof. Susan Helper of Case Western University is the speaker at this year’s Economic Outlook Luncheon, which will be held on Tuesday, August 9th starting at 12:30 PM.

Disruption due to Covid-19 has brought supply-chain vulnerabilities into public consciousness. But these issues reflect long-standing trends and present some opportunities as well as challenges.

Dr. Helper's talk, Supply Chains: What We Know and What We Wish We Knew, will discuss the importance of market- and policy-based incentives in the evolution of supply chains, and the key roles that better data and statistical tools could play in improving supply chain resilience, innovation, and sustainability.

You will need to sign up for this luncheon in advance.

An abstract for this talk is available in the JSM 2022 Online Program.

Biographical information for Dr. Helper is available on the Case Western Reserve University website.

Robert Feenstra and Charles Hulten Receive 2022 Shiskin Award

Robert Feenstra, Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Davis, and Charles Hulten, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park have been selected as co-recipients of the 2022 Julius Shiskin Memorial Award for Economic Statistics. The award recognizes unusually original and important contributions to the development of economic statistics or to their use in interpreting the economy.

The award recognizes unusually original and important contributions to the development of economic statistics or to their use in interpreting the economy.

Feenstra and Hulten become the 51st and 52nd recipients of the Award. The award is sponsored by the Business and Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Washington Statistical Society.

For more information, access the Shiskin Award Page or the final press release (PDF).

B&E Section Election Results Announced

The B&E Section announces the results for the 2022 ASA Election for section officers:

Chair-Elect 2023: David Matteson (Cornel University)

Program Chair-Elect 2023: Daniel Kowal (Rice University)

Secretary/Treasurer 2023-2024: Yao Zheng (University of Connecticut)

Council of Sections Representative 2023-2025: Tucker McElroy (US Census Bureau)

Many thanks to all the candidates and congratulations to the winners!.