ONS Economic Forum
These are scheduled to coincide with the publication of the Economic Quarterly Review. This event will give you the opportunity to hear about in-depth analysis of key economic issues and updates on transformation projects for economic statistics at ONS.
ONS Economic Forums on the road
Throughout the year we will be visiting different regions over the country. The forums will present the current state of the UK economy including data and analysis for your region. There is also an opportunity to hear about economic statistics transformation on a national and local level.
Special event – focus on…
These are new ad hoc events tailored to a specific topic.
Organised jointly by Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), the Royal Economic Society (RES), the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) and the Society of Professional Economists (SPE), with a specific focus on a current topic.Back to table of contents
|27 July 2020||UKSA/Treasury Consultation on the reform of RPI methodology||Webinar|
Biographies of speakers for the Gender Pay Gap Seminar
Nigel Marriott, Independent Statistician
Nigel is an independent statistician based in Bath, and his career of 28 years splits into two parts. From 1991 to 2006, Nigel worked in the food industry in roles that saw him interact with across business functions. Since 2006, Nigel has provided statistical consultancy and training services to almost 150 organisations across a variety of industries in both the public and private sector in the UK and beyond. The common denominator throughout his career has been working with non-statisticians, explaining complex statistical ideas to non-statistical audiences in a way such that they can make use of his results.
The publication of the 2017 gender pay gap data sparked Nigel’s involvement in pay gap analysis. His initial intention was to use a publicly available dataset as an example for statistical training courses and blog posts, but he quickly realised that around 10% of employers had submitted incorrect data. He also found that the available guidance to employers on the calculations was seriously inadequate. This led him to write extensively on how the situation could be improved; the result was a collaboration with the Royal Statistical Society (RSS). Together, they produced the report published in April 2019 that listed 10 recommendations for improving gender pay gap reporting.
Nigel continues to write about what can be learned from the published gender pay gap data in order to close the gaps, how it can be misused and misinterpreted, and whether the lessons learned from this data can be extended to other pay gaps (such as ethnicity and disability). He is keen to introduce best practice from the field of quality improvement, which is the application of statistical methods to improve performance (such as a pay gap) within an organisation. In this endeavour, it helps that he was recently Chair of the Quality Improvement Section of the RSS.
Dr Judith Shapiro, Senior Lecturer in Practice
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Dr Judith Shapiro is a Senior Lecturer in Practice and Departmental Tutor in the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research interests include the economics of post-transition and transition (with a particular focus on Russia) and the economics of health and population. She has held positions as Chief of the Transition Economics Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Professor at Moscow’s New Economic School. The co-author of three policy books on the transition from communism, Judith is also the recipient of three prizes for teaching excellence, the latest in 2017 from the LSE.
|8 July 2020||ONS Economic Forum||Webinar||Slides|
|25 February 2020||ONS Economic Forum||Brewers' Hall, Aldermanbury Square, London, EC2V 7HR|
|24 October 2019||ONS Economic Forum||Greater London Authority, City Hall, London, SE1 2AA||Slides|
|21 October 2019||ONS Economic Forum||Bank of England||Slides|
|18 July 2019||Economic Forum||Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DD||Slides|
|17 June 2019||Economic Forum, Edinburgh||Surgeons Quarter, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW||Slides|
|13 June 2019||Cardiff Economic Forum||Cardiff Business School,3rd Floor, Post Graduate Teaching Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff CF10 3EU||Slides||6 June 2019||Measuring the Economy – Online Book Launch||Warwick Business School, 17th Floor, The Shard, London, SE1 9SG|
|8 to 10 May 2019||ESCoE Conference on Economic Measurement 2019||King’s College, London|
|29 April 2019||Economic Forum||The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London||Slides to follow|
|13 March 2019||UK Productivity Forum||The Westminster Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London||Slides|
|1 March 2019||Bristol Economic Forum||Bristol||Slides|
|29 January 2019||Economic Forum||The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London||Slides|
|16 January 2019||Exploring Regional Statistics||Nottingham University||Slides|
|30 November 2018||Cambridge Economic Roadshow||Francopan Hall, University of Cambridge||Slides|
|22 November 2018||Productivity Seminar||110 Rochester Row, London||Slides|
|11 October 2018||ONS Economic Forum||Bank of England, London||Slides|
|20 September 2018||Flow of Funds Seminar
||Cavendish Conference Centre, London||Slides|
|26 July 2018||ONS Economic Forum
||Crowne Plaza London The City||Slides|
|19 July 2018||Challenges and Opportunities in Price Measurement Seminar||The Shard, London||
|28 June 2018||ONS Economic Forum – West Sussex||Chichester, West Sussex|
|16 to 17 May 2018||ESCoE International Conference on Economic Measurement||Bank of England|
|26 April 2018||ONS Economic Forum||Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London||Slides|
|16 April 2018||Special event – focus on UK Trade||Crowne Plaza, London||Slides|
|5 March 2018||Measuring and Using Natural Capital Seminar||Victoria Park Plaza, London||Slides|
|7 March 2018||ONS Economic Forum – Belfast
||Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast||Slides|
|7 February 2018||ONS Earnings User Event||Church House Conference Centre, London||Slides to follow|
|23 January 2018||ONS Economic Forum - London||Glaziers Hall, London||Slides|
|5 December 2017||ONS Economic Forum on the road||Manchester||Slides|
|29 November 2017||Expert seminar – Measuring Health Service Efficiency and Productivity||London||Slides to follow|
|7 November 2017||ONS Economic Forum on the road||Glasgow||Slides|
|2 November 2017||ONS Economic Forum on the road||Cardiff||Slides|
|25 October 2017||ONS Economic Forum on the road||Bristol||Slides|
|19 October 2017||ONS Economic Forum||London||Slides|
|13 July 2017||ONS Economic Forum||London||Slides|
|21 to 22 February 2017||International Economic Statistics Conference||The Celtic Manor Resort, South Wales||Slides|
The Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) will hold its annual conference, organised in partnership with the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS), at King’s College London, London 8 – 10 May 2019.
Keynote speakers include:
Vasco Carvalho (University of Cambridge)
Alberto F. Cavallo (Harvard University)
John Fernald (INSEAD)
The conference will cover recent developments in 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.
To register to attend the conference please visit the conference website.
Deadline to register attendance is Monday 22 April 2019.
If you have any questions regarding the conference please email - ESCoE.Conference.firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration opens on 1 March 2019.Back to table of contents
16 January 2019
The Office for National Statistics Economic Forum presented the current state of the UK economy and statistics at a regional level. This included an opportunity to hear about exciting developments with transformation of local area statistics.
In the afternoon, the Economic Statistics Working Group (ESWG) hosted a seminar focusing on regional statistics, giving the opportunity to hear from users of data at a regional level. Chaired by Dev Virdee, the keynote speakers were Richard Kneller (Nottingham University) on local economic partnerships, Rupert Greenhalgh (Greater Manchester Authority) and Sandy Stewart (Scottish Executive).Back to table of contents
22 November 2018
110 Rochester Row, London
The UK’s long-standing productivity gap to other major economies has been exacerbated by the slowdown in labour productivity growth since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008. As productivity is a key determinant of earnings, economic growth and living standards more broadly, this is a key issue for the UK economy.
The latest thinking on “Britain’s productivity puzzle” was considered at this important seminar, which was staged in Westminster (at 110 Rochester Row) and organised by the Economic Statistics Working Group (ESWG).
Our distinguished contributors included:
Gaganan Awano: productivity expert, Office for National Statistics
Ann Francke: Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute
Professor Jonathan Haskel: member, Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England.
The ESWG is a partnership which brings together the Royal Statistical Society, the Office for National Statistics, the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence, the Society of Professional Economists and the Royal Economic Society.Back to table of contents
20 September 2018
Cavendish Conference Centre, London
The latest seminar arranged by the Economic Statistics Working Group (which comprises the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), the Royal Economic Society (RES), Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Society of Professional Economists (SPE)) took place on 20 September, at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London.
The past few years have underlined the importance of financial markets for the rest of the economy; we ignore them at our peril. Yet under increasing globalisation and continuing innovation, financial markets have become increasingly complex and accounting for financial transactions correspondingly complicated. Technological advances have also given new tools to tackle this task. Harnessing big data and administrative information opens up possibilities only recently available.
This important seminar covered these issues. Speakers were David Matthews (ONS), Werner Bier (European Central Bank) and Oliver Burrows (Bank of England). The ONS and the ECB set out their actions to compile enhanced financial accounts using new techniques. The Bank of England spoke about the importance and uses of such accounts for macroeconomic management and financial stability.Back to table of contents
16 and 17 May 2018
Bank of England, London
The Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) annual conference, organised in partnership with the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Bank of England, was held in London on 16 and 17 May 2018.
The conference covered 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. It followed up on the concepts and challenges raised in the Bean Review and discussed at the ONS International Conference on Economic Statistics in 2017.
With an impressive line-up of keynote speakers including:
Further details on the conference including slides and video from the event can be found on the ESCoE website.Back to table of contents
19 July 2018
The Shard, London
This seminar looked at some recent developments in c onsumer price statistics and was chaired by Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and author of the 2015 Johnson Review of UK Consumer Price Statistics. The speakers were Ian Crawford (Oxford) who spoke on new methods for handling quality change in goods, and Tanya Flower (Office for National Statistics (ONS)) who spoke on new data sources in the UK consumer price statistics.
This seminar was the latest in a series organised jointly by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), the Royal Economic Society (RES), the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE), ONS and the Society of Professional Economists (SPE). It is part of a wider effort to ensure that UK economic statistics keep pace with the changing shape of modern economies and societies, and continue to meet the needs of users.Back to table of contents
5 March 2018
Victoria Park Plaza, London
This seminar discussed the challenges and issues concerned with measuring natural capital. There is a growing consensus that decision making could be improved by greater attention to the "missing capitals". Traditionally, economic statistics have majored on physical capital, with less attention to other forms of capital such as intangibles, accumulated human skills and know-how, or the capital represented by the nature. The last is the so-called natural capital.Back to table of contents
Wednesday 29 November 2017
Bank of England, Moorgate Auditorium, London
The National Health Service is at the centre of our national life, one of our most cherished institutions. It is also of profound economic importance – the third largest employer in the world and accounting for around a twelfth of UK gross domestic product. But it is also an organisation under continuing pressure as it attempts to deal with growing demand in an ageing society at a time when public funding is not in free supply. In this important seminar, leading experts discussed the challenges in measuring health service efficiency and productivity and the possible ways forward.Back to table of contents
21 and 22 February 2017
The Celtic Manor Resort, South Wales
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) hosted their inaugural economic statistics conference, in Newport on 21 and 22 February, 2017, at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. This event brought together leading academics, economists, statisticians and economic commentators to debate developments and issues surrounding economic statistics and measuring the modern economy.
Future annual conferences will be organised by the ONS in partnership with the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE). The ESCoE is an independent research centre, sponsored by ONS, to deliver innovative world-class economic analysis and research to extend the provision and quality of UK economic statistics. Details of future conferences and events are available on the ESCoE website.
An exciting mix of keynote talks and panel sessions over the two days offered a unique opportunity for the sharing of information and networking as well as giving delegates the chance to influence the development of official economic statistics. All slides are now publically available, along with live recording of the main presentations and can be found below.
In addition, the ESCoE has produced an insightful podcast of “Behind the scenes at the International Economic Statistics Conference”.
Tuesday 21 February, 2017
John Pullinger, UK National Statistician, ONS
|Setting the Economic Statistics Agenda Jonathan Athow, Director General for Economic Statistics, ONS||Slides Live recording|
|Keynote 1 - Modern economic statistics in a policy environment The importance of rigour and breadth in economic measurement, to underpin and appraise economic policy.||Slides Live recording|
|Session 1 – Economic Statistics Transformation The ONS vision for economic statistics||Slides Live recording|
|Session 2 – Handling the Modern Economy: is the National Accounts Framework Broken?How well does the existing National Accounts framework, set-up in the post-war era, capture a rapidly changing economy?||Slides Live recording|
|ONS transformation case studies
|i) Slides, Live recording ii) Slides iii) Slides|
Wednesday 22 February, 2017
|Keynote 2 – Globalisation: Do we need a paradigm shift in official statistics?||Slides Live recording|
|Session 3 – Helping to deliver the devolution revolution||Slides Live recording|
|Session 4 – Modern measurement techniques: filling the gaps Do current methods capture the range of economic transaction activity in the modern economy?||Live recording|
|Session 5 – Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence and ONS Data Science Campus||Slides Live recording|
|Next steps and close||Live recording|