New Consumption Data


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We invite you to submit a paper or express interest in attending the third conference on New Consumption Data by the University of Copenhagen and CEPR. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to arrange this year’s conference as a webinar to take place on 3-4 September 2020, and we have consequently extended the deadline for submission to June 1, 2020.
For the past two years, the conference has successfully gathered together researchers working on a wave of research on consumption using new types of spending data, such as imputed consumption from administrative data or high frequency spending data from banks or financial planning apps. By now, this has turned into an extremely active and fruitful area of research, opening new and interesting perspectives in various fields in economics, from labor to public economics, from household finance to macroeconomics.

The goal of the conference is to bring people interested in the topic together to present new research using these new data and methods to measure spending, discuss pros and cons and exchange best practices, etc.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Asset returns and spending
  • Spending effects of unemployment events
  • Welfare consequences of social insurance programs
  • The impact of mortgage refinancing on spending
  • Validation of new spending measures
  • Consumption inequality
  • Spending effects of public policies
  • Insurance within the family
  • Children and spending

The event provides an opportunity for researchers from different universities and countries to present their work, get feedback, and hopefully to establish contact to other researchers interested in research involving new types of consumption data.

How to apply
For CEPR affiliates and fellows, please submit your paper via the CEPR online system by visiting the call for papers webpage . If you do not have a personal profile to use this area of the CEPR website as yet, you can create one here. If you have any difficulty in applying, please email Mariolina Ciccone in the CEPR events team, at with the subject header "3582- New Consumption Data". If you wish to attend please do ensure that your application and paper reach CEPR by 18:00 (GMT) 1 June 2020. We aim to notify successful applicants by mid-June 2020.

Camille Landais (London School of Economics and CEPR)
Søren Leth-Petersen (University of Copenhagen and CEPR)
Johannes Spinnewijn (London School of Economics and CEPR)

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 to Friday, September 4, 2020

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