1. Events that we host

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.

Expert seminars

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.

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2. Future events

Date

Event

Location

16 January 2019, 10am to 5pm Exploring Regional Statistics Nottingham University
29 January 2019, 9am to 12pm Economic Forum The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London
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3. Past events

Date

Event

Location

Slides

30 November 2018 Cambridge Economic Roadshow Francopan Hall, University of Cambridge
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 Slides
Slides
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
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4. Future event: Exploring regional statistics

16 January 2019

We would like to invite you to a seminar exploring regional statistics. In the morning, the Office for National Statistics Economic Forum will present the current state of the UK economy and present on statistics at a regional level. This will also include an opportunity to hear about exciting developments with transformation of local area statistics.

In the afternoon, the Economic Statistics Working Group (ESWG) is hosting 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 will be Richard Kneller (Nottingham University) on local economic partnerships, Rupert Greenhalgh (Greater Manchester Authority) and Sandy Stewart (Scottish Executive).

This seminar is 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), Office for National Statistics (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 users’ needs.

Delegates are invited to one or both sessions. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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5. Past event: Britain’s productivity puzzle – Management, measurement and addressing the UK’s economic under-performance Seminar

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.

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6. Past event: Flow of Funds Seminar

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.

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7. Past event: ESCoE Conference on Economic Measurement

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:

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

Sir David Norgrove (Chair, UK Statistics Authority) will give the opening remarks. Andy Haldane (Chief Economist, Bank of England) will give the closing remarks.

Further details on the conference including slides and video from the event can be found on the ESCoE website.

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8. Past event: Challenges and Opportunities in Price Measurement Seminar

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.

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9. Past event: Measuring and Using Natural Capital Seminar

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.

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10. Past event: Seminar – Measuring Health Service Efficiency and Productivity

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.

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11. Past event: International Economic Statistics Conference

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.

Conference programme

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

Session

Information

Welcome
John Pullinger, UK National Statistician, ONS
Live recording
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) Productivity
ii) Trade
iii)VAT

i) Slides, Live recording
ii) Slides
iii) Slides

Wednesday 22 February, 2017

Session

Information

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


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