New Consumption Data

We invite you to submit a paper or express interest in attending the third conference on New Consumption Data organized by the University of Copenhagen, London School of Economics, and CEPR. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s conference will be held as a webinar event to take place on September 2-3, 2021. The deadline for submission to June 1, 2021.

For the past three 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, data from supermarket scanners, and 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 online event 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 income shocks and adverse 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
  • Consumption during the COVID-19 crisis

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


How to apply

For CEPR members, please submit your paper via the CEPR online system by visiting If you are not a CEPR member, please create a CEPR profile at and then click on the registration link above to make a submission.

If you have any difficulty in applying, please email Mariolina Ciccone in the CEPR events team, at  [email protected] with the subject header "3601- New Consumption Data".

If you wish to attend please do ensure that your application and paper reach CEPR by 18:00 (GMT) June 1, 2021. We aim to notify successful applicants by mid-June 2021.

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

Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 00:00