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Beyond the Numbers

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The Research Division hosts a free biennial conference to address the challenges of economic information. The event brings together experts to share their experiences at the frontier of economic data and information, discuss problems and potential solutions, and identify ways to improve access to and understanding of economic information.

The aim of this event is to provide librarians and other information professionals with the knowledge, competence, and enthusiasm to disseminate economic information expertise to their respective audiences.

For 2021, Beyond the Numbers will consist of four online presentations from a variety of experts in economic data and information. 

Visit the event webpage for more details and to register. Contact the organizing committee at:

Beyond the Numbers is coordinated by our Research Information Services staff.

Beyond the Numbers 2021

November 17-19, 2021 (Online)


Matt Sobek, Director of Data Integration at IPUMS Center for Data Integration, Minnesota Population Center

Tim Harford, economist, author, and Financial Times columnist.

Dominic Beamer and team, Chief, Nonresponse Operations Branch, Decennial Census Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau Office

Research Information Services Staff, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Beyond the Numbers 2020

November 18-20, 2020 (Online)


William Beach, Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Charles Hokayem, Economist, Kentucky Research Data Center and John Perry, Economist, Centre College 

Lars Vilhuber, Economist, Cornell University

Archived event website

Beyond the Numbers 2018

November 7-9, 2018

Keynote speakers:

Stephanie Lee Studds, Division Chief, Economic Indicators Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Wendy Stephens, Assistant Professor and Library Media Program Chair, Jacksonville State University

Conference Presentations

Beyond the Numbers 2016

October 6-8, 2016

Keynote speakers:

Stephen Cecchetti, Professor of International Economics, Brandeis International Business School

Brian C. Moyer, Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Conference Presentations

Beyond the Numbers 2014

September 29-30, 2014

Keynote speakers:

Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google

Neil Fantom, Manager, Open Data Initiative, World Bank

Conference Presentations